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Cup

  • Place of origin:

    Scandinavia (made)

  • Date:

    1780-1799 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved silver, parcel-gilt

  • Museum number:

    760-1904

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 10

This remarkably simple little cup was probably a ‘Lapkose’ or wedding cup from which a bride and bridegroom drank from opposite sides. Ceremonial drinking vessels of this type are characteristic of northern Scandinavia. The piece is a handsome example of silver made by Lapp (Saami) goldsmiths. The region known as Lapland, traditionally inhabited by the Saami people, covers the northern parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland.

The Museum acquired most of its collection of Scandinavian silver between 1900 and 1910. The collection consists largely of beakers and tankards, valued in Edwardian England as a Scandinavian “Arts and Crafts” tradition. George Jorck, a Danish silver dealer who worked in Hatton Garden in London, acted as agent for dealers in Copenhagen and was instrumental in acquiring many of the objects for the collection.
H. P. Mitchell of the Metalwork Department wrote in 1904, “Mr Jorck tells me large numbers are being sold to the American museums; it is pretty clear that the country districts of Sweden are being denuded rapidly and it might be well to make our gaps complete while there is this opportunity”.

Physical description

Plain bowl with gilt band beneath everted rim on plain trumpet shaped foot, leaf shaped handles engraved with stylized Baroque cartouches of foliated scrollwork and each hung with silver ring, inside gilt.

Place of Origin

Scandinavia (made)

Date

1780-1799 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Engraved silver, parcel-gilt

Marks and inscriptions

'KM'
On the underside of the handles, maker’s mark, struck twice

Dimensions

Height: 7.70 cm, Length: 15.10 cm, Width: 7.60 cm

Object history note

Purchase - (£2.9.0) G Jorck

From Catalogue of Scandinavian and Baltic Silver, RW Lightbown, V&A, 1975, p218: Acquired as ‘Lapkose’ or wedding cup from which a bride and bride groom drink from opposite sides. Recommended for purchase as ‘a good and simple piece’. Ceremonial drinking vessels of this type are characteristic of Lapp silver ... The piece is a very handsome example of Lapp silver.

Descriptive line

Cup on plain trumpet shaped foot, leaf shaped handles engraved with stylized Baroque cartouches of foliated scrollwork, each with silver ring, Scandinavia, 1780-1799

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lightbown, R. W., Catalogue of Scandinavian and Baltic Silver, V&A, 1975

Production Note

From Lapland, a region covering northern parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland. Maker's mark KM, unidentified

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Parcel gilded

Categories

Drinking; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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