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A silver wolf head with wide eyes and flat-back ears.

A pointed silver head of a wolf. The ears point straight back, and its nose is long and thin, giving the impression that it is moving forward quickly. Its eyes are wide, giving a crazed impression. There is the texture of fur throughout, but it is the most prominent around the neck, just past the ears. There is a ring of smooth metal around its neck where it ends, making it look like a severed and mounted head.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Thomas Pitts I, British (active c. 1744-1793)
Stirrup Cup in the Form of a Fox's Head
Other Titles
Former Title: George III Antique English Silver Stirrup Cup
Work Type
Creation Place: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
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Level 2, Room 2340, European and American Art, 17th–19th century, The Silver Cabinet: Art and Ritual, 1600–1850
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Physical Descriptions

Silver with gilt remnants
6 x 8 x 14 cm (2 3/8 x 3 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: engraved in oval cartouche on underside: Success / to the / Tettcots Hunt / and to the / death of the / Next
  • hallmark: Thomas Pitts' maker's hallmark on cup rim: T.P [Grimwade 2875]
  • hallmark: sterling silver standard hallmark on cup rim: [lion passant]
  • hallmark: London city hallmark on cup rim: [crowned leopard]
  • hallmark: 1771 date letter hallmark on cup rim: Q


Recorded Ownership History
[J.H. Bourdon-Smith, London, England, sold]; to private collector, sold; [through Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, Thomaston, ME, November 5-6, 2011, lot 646];[to S.J. Shrubsole, New York, NY, sold]; to Harvard Art Museums, 2012.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Paul Clarke Stauffer Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Steve on Steins and Other Important Things to Collect and Drink From, website, accessed February 15, 2012
  • Susanne Ebbinghaus, ed., Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings, exh. cat. (Cambridge, MA, 2018), pp. 232-233, 366, cat. no. 70, repr. pp. 233, 366

Exhibition History

Subjects and Contexts

  • Google Art Project

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