Palmerston gold chocolate cups by John Chartier

These two chocolate cups were made out of gold mourning rings left to Abraham Houblon, Lady Palmerston's father.


Height: 6.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£13,500 ( Total: £54,161; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
Private vendor

They both have inscriptions inside the scroll handles and on the base of each cup as follows: 1) on the handle, 'Dulcia non meruit qui non Gustavit amara' (he has not deserved sweet unless he has tasted bitter) and on the base 'manibus sacrum'; 2) on the handle, 'Think on yr friends & Death as the chief' and on the base 'MORTUS LIBAMUR' (let us drink to the dead).


Made for Anne Houblon, later Viscountess Palmerston; bequeathed to her husband, 1st Viscount Palmerston; by descent to 2nd Viscount Palmerston; Hon. Edwina Ashley, grandaughter of Sir Ernest Cassel; then by descent.

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