A twelve sided covered cup with opposing scroll handles and a plain cylindrical foot.
Fauconberg porringer by Unknown Artist, 16521653
Photo: courtesy of Sotheby's
- Silver gilt
- 22 x 19.2 cm, weight: 1kg
- Art Fund grant:
- £25,000 ( Total: £100,000; Tax remission)
- Acquired in:
- Private vendor
The bowl bears the arms of Thomas Belasyse, a chevron between three fleur-de-lis impaling those of his first wife Mildred, daughter of Viscount Castleton. A porringer of the size and quality of the Fauconberg cup could be used for caudle, a hot spicy drink of ale or wine whisked into an emulsion with egg yolks.
Thomas Belasyse, 2nd Viscount Fauconberg (1627-1700); Paul Butler by 1862; Sir Ernest Cassel; then by descent.