A straight sided drinking vessel with a slightly flared body.
Cassel Beaker by Unknown Artist, 14961497
Photo: courtesy of Sotheby's
- 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.