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A FINE LARGE CHARLES II SILVER PORRINGER AND COVER
A FINE LARGE CHARLES II SILVER PORRINGER AND COVER

MAKER'S MARK OF JOHN SUTTON, LONDON, 1671

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A FINE LARGE CHARLES II SILVER PORRINGER AND COVER Maker's mark of John Sutton, London, 1671 Baluster on a plain circular foot, the lower body repoussé and chased with a dragon on one side, a lion on the other, each amid large flowers and a punched meandering band, the two beaded scroll handles formed as herms, the slightly domed cover also with a lion and a dragon, each side of the auricular finial formed as a different grotesque mask, one side of body engraved with coat-of-arms and crest within foliate surround, marked under base and cover 7¼in. (18.4cm.) high; 24oz. (760gr.)

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The arms are those of Palmer impaling another.

This porringer forms part of a select group of covered cups whose decoration combines two distinct Dutch influences. Produced throughout the 1660s and 1670s, these cups are characterized by their bold embossed floral decoration which often incorporates exotic or imaginary animals, such as the lion and dragon found on the present lot. The cast finial, formed as a series of grotesque masks that is part human, part animal, however, draws its inspiration from Dutch auricular ornament. Another cup of this type from 1663, featuring a monkey-riding camel and running deer, sold at Sotheby's, New York on April 22, 1998, lot 323.

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