A rare early English porringer with matching lid and side handles. The cup has a clean form with sharp features and rope twist borders. The body with cut card decoration, the lid with acanthus leaf design and ring handle. The front has a large hand engraved armorial and the lid has a crest. Excellent weight and colour. Weight 884 grams, 28.4 troy ounces. Height 17cm (with lid), 12cm (without lid). Spread 21.5cm. Diameter 14.5cm. London 1680. Maker Robert Smythier.
Biography – Robert Smythier, London Goldsmith, worked from c.1660. Recorded works by Smythier include a set of 6 gilt wall sconces made for King James II (now in the Royal Trusr Collection) and an extremely early Charles II teapot made for Archbishop James Sharp.