"The Welland Cup" A James I silver-gilt steeple cup and cover, by Thomas Fli(y)nt,  London 1613, head assayer/assaymaster William Dymocke, cover stamped with date letter only,
Lot 196
"The Welland Cup" A James I silver-gilt steeple cup and cover, by Thomas Fli(y)nt, London 1613, head assayer/assaymaster William Dymocke, cover stamped with date letter only,
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"The Welland Cup" A James I silver-gilt steeple cup and cover, by Thomas Fli(y)nt,  London 1613, head assayer/assaymaster William Dymocke, cover stamped with date letter only, "The Welland Cup" A James I silver-gilt steeple cup and cover, by Thomas Fli(y)nt,  London 1613, head assayer/assaymaster William Dymocke, cover stamped with date letter only,
Lot Details
"The Welland Cup" A James I silver-gilt steeple cup and cover,
by Thomas Fli(y)nt, London 1613, head assayer/assaymaster William Dymocke, cover stamped with date letter only,
the tulip-shaped bowl flat chased and embossed with a wide band of alternate stylised flowers, fruit and foliage against a stippled ground, all above vertical and horizontal decoration embellished with graduated "tongue" motifs tipped with undulating scrolls, the knop stem applied with three double scroll brackets, and the high domed foot with acanthus leaves, flowers and fish scales the separate cover with similar decoration and having an open-work steeple, (now fixed), foot engraved around the rim "The Gift Mrs Jane , and Mrs Penelope Taylor, to the Parish Church of Welland, Worrshire. 1735"* and engraved with the arms of Taylor, height 40.5cm, weight 27.5oz.

Footnotes

  • Research notes

    See Philippa Glanville, Silver in Tudor & Early Stuart England, (London 1990), p. 471. She points out that the maker was re-attributed by Gerald Taylor from F. Terry to Thomas Flint.

    Penelope Taylor (nee) Lechmere was the daughter of Nicholas Lechmere of Hanley Castle. She married in 1664, the son of the wealthy landowner, Ralph Taylor, and they had two children, Edmund and Penelope, married to Edward Rastell.

    In the will of Penelope Taylor the elder, dated 1710, "she bequeaths to her son of five guineas, and to her daughter Penelope, the wife of Edward Rastell gent the sum of five guineas, and her grandson her best diamond ring. To her grand-daughter, Penelope Rastell the sum of fifty pounds on her coming of age".

    The steeple cup and ewer are not mentioned in the will of elder Penelope Taylor, there is a section where it states that "I constitute ordain and appoint my son Ralph Taylor sole executor of this last will and testament to whom I do give and bequeath all the rest of my goods and chattels". The steeple cup could have come under this heading and then passed to his niece, the grand-daughter, who possibly donated it to the church in memory of her grand-mother.

    History of St James' Church at Welland.

    There has been a church at Saint James at Welland since 1300, but with an ever growing population during the 19th century and the deterioration of the old church a new site was found and built. The generous gift of the plot land that the present church is built on was donated by Mr Abraham Watkins, Churchwarden of Welland (now Church Villa,) The architect for the building was J. West Hugnall, and building commenced in 1873, costing £4,000 for the new building.

    The church includes a stained glass window, the east window, donated by the Countess Beauchamp and designed by Hardman & Co., suppliers of ecclesiastical wares and silver. In 1930 electric lighting was installed in the church.



    Exhibitions,
    London, 1955 Christie's
    London 30th May 2008, "Treasures of the English Church", Goldsmiths' Company,
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