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Design for a silver cup
  • Design for a silver cup
    Sharp, Thomas, born 1805 - died 1882
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Design for a silver cup

  • Place of origin:

    England

  • Date:

    1842

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sharp, Thomas, born 1805 - died 1882 (Maker, Designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour on wove paper, pasted to a paper mount. The paper mount watermarked: "J. Whatman 1873".

  • Museum number:

    D.2212-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case M, shelf 35

Physical description

A drawing of a silver cup and cover, shown in profile and perspective.Probably full size 318 x 152.
The form loosely based on a late sixteenth century German ‘pineapple’ cup, the sides of the bowl embossed with scenes from Hamlet, Macbeth and King Lear. The finial a standing figure of Shakespeare after Roubiliac’s statue in the British Museum, formerly in Garricks’ Temple, Hampton.
On the back of the sheet a tracing of the form on the front, an alternative treatment of the knop and a sketch showing a larger version of the bowl on the same stem.

Place of Origin

England

Date

1842

Artist/maker

Sharp, Thomas, born 1805 - died 1882 (Maker, Designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour on wove paper, pasted to a paper mount. The paper mount watermarked: "J. Whatman 1873".

Dimensions

Height: 330 mm, Width: 184 mm

Object history note

This design is probably for a cup shown by Sharp at the Royal Academy in 1842, No. 1175: ‘ A Shakespeare cup, in silver, with subjects from Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, Julius Caesar, The Tempest and Othello, embossed thereon’.
The watercolour in blue, red and green may represent the addition of enamel.
Bought in 1885 from the dealer R. Jackson for 1s and 6d as an anonymous design.
Thomas Sharp was a sculptor, chaser and wax modeller, who also designed silver. He attended the Royal Academy schools in 1831 and gained a silver medal three years later.That he may have been connected with Rundell, Bridge and Rundell is suggested by the tankard design E. 357- 1886, and the fact that two persons named Sharp, Cato and Josiah, were managers of Rundell’s Dean Street workshop until 1833 (J. Culme, Nineteenth Century Silver, 1977, p. 81).

Descriptive line

A design for a silver cup and cover by Thomas Sharp (1805- 1882), circa 1842

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

A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851
http://liberty.henry-moore.org/henrymoore/sculptor/browserecord.php?-action=browse&-recid=2411&from_list=true&x=0

Categories

English; Drawings; Designs; Silver; Silver Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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