Unidentified maker (IG)
English, 17th century
7.3 x 15.7 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with funds from the Cavendish Investing Ltd. donation in memory of Mr. and Mrs. R.H.G. Bonnycastle
The styles and forms of British silver were largely dictated by court taste until well into the nineteenth century, a trend noticeable in several pieces in the WAG’s collection. The earliest piece of silver in the Gallery’s holdings is a London-made porringer dating from 1667. Its Dutch-inspired design alludes to the period Charles II of England (1630–1685) spent exiled in Holland before the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. The floral decoration, particularly the tulips, points to Dutch influence. A porringer was a two-handled bowl used for drinking broth. The initials on this vessel are likely those of a husband and wife, suggesting perhaps that this cup was presented to the couple upon their marriage to be used for communal drinking on special occasions.