This is an exceptional and rare Irish Dublin silver two handled loving cup with ribbed girdle from circa 1786 beautifully decorated with repousse and chasing by Thomas Jones of Dublin. The hallmarks are well struck and clear with no date letter which is normal for Irish silver from this period.
The subject is a scene with hunting dogs and pheasants in a wooded landscape background. An earlier set of Dublin hallmarks have been erased from the cup in the vacant cartouche the silver here is still thick as the cup is made from a very heavy gauge of silver.
The repousse and chasing work on the cup are a tour de force, I doubt you will see better on any piece of antique silver. It weighs a substantial 436g and stands 140mm high and 170mm handle to handle.
The interior is in gilt and the condition of the cup is very good having no damage or repairs and with a lovely patina. Please note that the photos form part of the description, any questions or for more photos please contact me. The item "SUPERB & RARE ANTIQUE GEORGIAN 18thC IRISH DUBLIN SILVER HUNTING DOGS LOVING CUP" is in sale since Friday, August 6, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Other Solid Silver".The seller is "anlincs" and is located in Brigg. This item can be shipped worldwide.