Cassel Beaker by Unknown Artist

A straight sided drinking vessel with a slightly flared body.


Silver gilt
Height: 8.9 cm
Art Fund grant:
£59,622 ( Total: £298,591; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
Private vendor

There are ten vertical ribs soldered to the sides and the letters 'TW' separated by a stylised floral motif, have been pricked onto the beaker, just below the rim. It is the earliest known English silver beaker; the few pieces of medieval silver to have survived are mostly chalices or spoons.


Whately family; Sir Ernest Cassel, 1902; then by descent.

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V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000

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