For a very similar cup with handles and cover, described as 'in the style of the sixteenth century' see The Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue (London, 1851) p.113.,
Jean Valenine Morel (1794-1860), son of a Parisian lapidary, started his career in France working under the gold box manufacturer Adrien Vachette and it was in this field that he started his own business in the late 1820's. By 1844 he had taken Charles-Edmond Duponchel (1794-1868), co-director of the Paris Opera, as a partner and was employing eighty workmen. However, the partnership broke up in 1848 and a resulting lawsuit culminated in Morel being banned from working in the Department of the Seine. Consequently he moved to Britain and set up as a jeweller and goldsmith. He made his name at the Great Exhibition in 1851 with his display of silver and jewellery, and mounted items, in the Medieval revival style including the piece mentioned above, which closely follows the present example the piece mentioned above (which closely follows the present example) and a huge bouquet of flowers, which was mentioned in the citation for the Council Medal, the highest award made by the jury of the Exhibition. King Louis Philippe had patronised Morel when he was working in France and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert also commissioned pieces from him which did much to ensure his acceptance and success.