Cup and Cover, Boulton & Fothergill, 1777
Image from: Birmingham Assay Office.
A two handled cup and cover of neo-classical shape made for Cornelius O’Callaghan, MP for Felthard in Ireland.
(It may be useful to compare a cup and cover with the description of a vase in a poem by Erasmus Darwin. It was written in the form of a letter to Matthew Boulton in about 1778. It celebrates Darwin’s love for Mrs Eliza Pole. He married her in 1781 after the death of her husband. The letter is in Birmingham City Archives and is available on the Revolutionary Players web site along with other letters written by Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton and James Watt)« Previous in this sectionNext in this section »