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Tudor Cup (Holms Cup) Antique Silver Replica     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1462
Period: Edward VII
Year: 1902
Silversmith: Nathan & Hayes
Place: Chester
Price: $ 350.00
Weight: 64 grams
Dimensions: 7.0 cm diameter, 6.0 cm height
Condition: Excellent.

Description: A good quality antique silver replica of what is commonly referred to as "The Tudor Cup", which became famous when it was sold (as part of the Dunn-Gardner collection) at Christies auction in 1901 for GBP 4100, the highest price ever paid for a piece of silver at that time. John Dunn-Gardner, of Soham Manor, had a legendary collection of silver, the sale covered 6 volumes. The original cup of 1521, with scallop shell makers mark, is also known as the Holms cup, named after a previous owner. The original cup is now part of the collection of the Royal Scottish Museum, who purchased it in 1958 for GBP 9500. The museum's resources were augmented by the National Art Collection's fund, the Pilgrim Trust, the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, H.M. Treasury and 2 private donors, enabling the cup to be kept in Great Britian (Ian Finlay, Silver in the Royal Scottish Museum, Connoisseur June 1959), where the original cup is pictured. The original cup is also pictured in the book "Old London Silver" by Howard (pg 100). The cup is typical of the pre-renaissance standing cups of the late Gothic period (Judith Banister, Victorian and Edwardian Reproductions, Antique Collector, November 1976), where a Tudor Cup replica is pictured. Banister notes the high quality of Victorian and Edwardian reproductions of famous pieces of silver, often made to commemorate Royal events such as coronations or Jubilee's. The standing cup has a font shaped bowl, chased with scale panels, below a latin inscription in Lombardic letters, on a reeded and beaded pedestal foot. The latin inscription (in Lombardic letters) reads "Benedictus deus im dona suis ame", roughly translated "on the beatific vision of God", which was used as a grace (Oman, English Engraved Silver, pg 31). George Nathan and Ridley Hayes specialised in replica's of ancient classic cups and vases, including the Vaphio cup, Nestor cup, Panel cup and the Golden Goblet of Troy. Some of these can be seen in the Alexander Clark advert (Connoisseur August 1912), where the "Tudor" cup is shown advertised for GBP 3.15. The advertised replica is 4.5 inches (11.4 cm), this cup is 7 cm, so the replica's must have been made in 2 sizes. The hallmarks are clear. This cup is also depicted in the book "A Personal Touch - The Seawolf Collection, late 19th and 20th century silver", page 152, published by Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, a book we highly recommend for collectors of Arts and Crafts silver. It is described as a Tazza, and they note that Arts & Crafts silversmiths were encouraged to study historical prototypes.
Tudor Cup (Holms Cup) Antique Silver Replica
Tudor Cup Replica - Holms cup

Tudor Cup (Holms Cup) Antique Silver Replica
Tudor cup advert (1912)

Tudor Cup (Holms Cup) Antique Silver Replica

Tudor Cup (Holms Cup) Antique Silver Replica

Tudor Cup (Holms Cup) Antique Silver Replica

Tudor Cup (Holms Cup) Antique Silver Replica

Tudor Cup (Holms Cup) Antique Silver Replica

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