Date Made/Found: 1850-1870
Material and Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 107 × 62mm (4 3/16 × 2 7/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 1969.709
This is one of a pair of silver cups or vases. They have no maker’s mark to indicate manufacturer, but probably date from between 1850 and 1870.
The vase is pear shaped and stands on three splayed legs. It probably originally had a glass liner which would have protected the inside surface of the silver. It is decorated with a chased (hammered from reverse) and applied design of scrolls and cherubs holding plaques. At the top of each of the legs, where they are attached to the vase, is a satyr head. In Greek mythology, satyrs are a band of followers of the gods Pan and Dionysus, with a reputation for mischief and a love of wine. They are often depicted on wine cups.