- Lennard Cup
Porcelain bowl with silver-gilt mount and cover. The bowl is known as the Lennard Cup. There are incised lotus scrolls on the exterior, and a hare in reverse against a landscape in underglaze cobalt blue on the interior. There is a mark on the base.
- 1522-1566 (porcelain)
- 1569 (1560-1570 silver mounts made in London)
- Made in: Jingdezhen (Mount European)
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Diameter: 12 centimetres
- Height: 16 centimetres
Inscription PositionOn base
Inscription Content長命 富貴
Inscription TransliterationLong life riches and honours'.
Inscription CommentOn base of the bowl, inscription 'changming fugui' (long life riches and honours).
Published PDF date : Ming 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:
The ‘Lennard Cup’
This bowl, mounted in silver-gilt as a cup, is the earliest known blue-and-white porcelain with a dated mount. It belonged to an Englishman, Samuel Lennard (AD 1553-1618). The cover and foot carry the monogram FR, the mark of a goldsmith who also made church plate. The crowned leopard's head shows it was made in London and the lion passant is the standard mark for sterling silver (92.5% fine); and the letter 'm' in a shield is the wardens’ mark, denoting the year AD 1569-70, and allocating the responsibility for the purity of the silver to the assay master for that year.
Porcelain with incised and underglaze cobalt-blue decoration, and silver-gilt mounts
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮; mounted in London
Ming dynasty, about 1522–66, mounts dated AD 1569–70
2012 19 Jul-25 Nov, London, BM Shakespeare: Staging the World
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: The plate-marks stamped on the mount on the lip are: the initials FR in monogram, mark of a goldsmith whose work has survived in a few specimens on Church plate; the leopard's head erased and the lion passant which are London hall-marks; and the black letter 'm' in a shield, the date-letter of the year A.D. 1569-1570. They are repeated on the cover and the foot. The cup was the property of Sir Stephen Lennard, Bart., and is said to have descended from Samuel Lennard (AD1553-1618), the founder of the West Wickham branch of the family. It appears to be the earliest specimen of blue and white porcelain with a dated mount at present known. Exhibited at the Reign of Queen Elizabeth Loan Exhibition, 1933. PDF card: It was the property of Sir Stephen Lennard, Bart., and is said to have descended from Samuel Lennard (AD 1553-1618).
Porcelain bowl with gilt silver mounts including a stepped, domed lid and tall finial, two baroque filigreed handles and a pleated foot. Underglaze blue inside with eagle perched on a rock and waves in a roundel in the centre. Inscription on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39028
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