Fauconberg porringer by Unknown Artist

A twelve sided covered cup with opposing scroll handles and a plain cylindrical foot.


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.

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