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Loving Cup

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T340
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1650 - 1700


Loving cups were communal drinking vessels which were used at large gatherings. This example made from such a dense, hard wood is very heavy and it would have needed strong arms to pass it from person to person. The pattern on this vessel is known as rose engine turning, because of its resemblance to rose petals. Rose engine turning represented the height of technology, requiring a special lathe and equipment. Very few turners were capable of producing work like this in the 17th century.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:17th century
Material(s):Lignum vitae wood
Place of Origin:England


Height:25.9 cm
Diameter:17.8 cm