The How Cup by Unknown Artist

The How Cup and cover is representative of the transitional phase in English silver as it abandoned the late Gothic in favour of the early Renaissance style.


Silver gilt
8 x 5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£15,000 ( Total: £285,000)
Acquired in:
Mrs G E P How

The flat top of the finial is pounced with the letter 'W', presumably the initial of a former owner of the cup. The cup bears the London hallmarks for 1514, and 'Gemini' maker's mark.


Mrs E.E.Swift; Sotheby's 31/1/46, lot 148; Mrs G.E.P.How.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8181

Entry details

50% off with National Art Pass

Daily, 10am – 5.30pm (Fri until 8.30pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

Share this article