A superb antique silver standing cup in the Renaissance style modelled in the form of a standing bear with outstretched paws. The interior of the removable cast head, and the jewelled collar, are gilded. This delightful animal is beautifully modelled and engraved, the quality is very realistic.
Weight 257 grams, 8.2 troy ounces.
Height 18cm. Diameter of base 9.6cm.
Maker D & C Houle (Daniel & Charles Houle).
Marks. Stamped with a full set of English silver hallmarks on the neck and base, the body with Victoria’s head, lion and maker’s mark.
DANIEL & CHARLES HOULE
The original company was started by John Houle, London silversmith and son of John Houle, London, chaser, apprenticed to William Rock within the Vintners Company in 1798, free 1807. First mark entered in 1811 as plateworker, Clerkenwell, London. Second mark 1813. Livery of the Vintners in 1818 as silversmith. 3rd mark in partnership with his two sons, Daniel John Houle and Charles Houle in 1844. In 1845 Daniel and Charles Houle entered their own mark in joint partnership, working until 1884, supplying high quality silver articles in a large variety of styles to selected retailers. Some of their finest work included exquisite items such as this standing cup, often boasting gold inlay and parcel-gilding.