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On display at V&A South Kensington
Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries

Christening Cup

1842-1843 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Cup and cover with liner, silver-gilt. The design represents a growing vine rising from the base and changing to laurel round the body of the cup. On the shoulder sit four symbolic putti representing religion, piety, gentleness and humility. Round the base a curling snake, on the cover, a lion and lamb.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Cup
  • Lid
  • Liner
Materials and Techniques
Silver gilt, stones, applied ornament screwed together, gadrooned rim; liner parcel-gilt
Brief Description
Silver-gilt, London hallmarks for 1842-3, mark of Mortimer and Hunt
Physical Description
Cup and cover with liner, silver-gilt. The design represents a growing vine rising from the base and changing to laurel round the body of the cup. On the shoulder sit four symbolic putti representing religion, piety, gentleness and humility. Round the base a curling snake, on the cover, a lion and lamb.
Dimensions
  • Cup height: 36cm
  • Diameter: 17.75cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • London hallmarks for 1842-3. Cup: behind cherub - maker IM and ISH, sterling, leopard, duty; on base: 1038 MORTIMER & HUNT; Liner: same marks with 1275 on base; Lid: all marks inside except maker on rim.
  • Inscribed around the base: "TO THE HONOURABLE VICTORIA ALEXANDRINA EMILY JOCELYN FROM HER GODMOTHER 19TH OCTOBER 1842" VR Crest
Object history
This cup and cover form part of a set along with a set of silver gilt cutlery (M.14-B,-1965) The design seems to be a stock patterm for presentation by Queen Victoria to her grandchildren. There is a duplicate set in the collection of the Duke of Beaufort. This naturalistic design is in the form of a growing vine, at the base of which sit four putti symbolising religion, piety, gentleness and humility. The Hon. Victoria Alexandrina Jocelyn was a god daughter of Queen Victoria who gave similar christening sets to her other godchildren. Victoria Alexandrina Jocelyn, was the daughter of Lady Jocelyn, a Lady of the Bedchamber from 1841 to 1867.
Historical context
The Hon. Victoria Alexandrina Jocelyn, although not recorded in ‘Burke’s Peerage’, is thought to have been the eldest child of Robert Jocelyn, styled Viscount Jocelyn, and his wife Frances Elizabeth, youngest daughter of the 5th Earl of Cowper whom he married on 27 April 1841. Lady Jocelyn was a Lady of the Bedchamber from 1841-1867 and chosen by Queen Victoria as one of her train bearers at her Coronation. She was a member of the Royal Order of Victoria and Albert.
Subjects depicted
Association
Associated Objects
Bibliographic Reference
See 1961 Christie’s Royal Gifts Exhibition for Beaufort version
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.171 to B-1963

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record createdMarch 3, 2004
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