Cup from a christening set
On View In:
Gallery 350
Artist:   George Adams
Chawner & Co.
J. Turner  
Title:   Cup from a christening set  
Date:   1864-1865  
Medium:   Silver, gilt  
Dimensions:   4 in. (10.16 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of funds from the Decorative Arts Council  
Location:   Gallery 350  

During the 1860s, Queen Victoria ordered several christening sets as gifts. She selected this group for Albert Victor Arthur Wellesley. Wellesley was a godson, and the great-nephew of the first Duke of Wellington, who after defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, received numerous dinner services as congratulatory gifts from royal figures across Europe. This christening set would have served as the child's welcome to the Protestant faith as well as to a family with a long history of celebrating the art of dining.

Name:   Adams, George  
Role:   Designer  
Nationality:   English (London)  
Life Dates:   English, active 1840-1883  
Name:   Chawner & Co.  
Role:   Manufacturer  
Nationality:   London  
Life Dates:   London, dates unknown  
Name:   J. Turner  
Role:   Retailer  
Nationality:   London  
Life Dates:   London, dates unknown  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Mark; Inscription Reserves on the body of the cup and rim of the dish are engraved: [TO ALBERT VI Marks Cup fully marked on underside and also stamped with [399]. Dish fully marked on underside  
Classification:   Metalwork  
Physical Description:   Christening set (George Adams), silver gilt, stored in own case; individual dims on cat. card (bowl, plate, knife, fork and spoon)  
Creation Place:   Europe, England, , ,  
Accession #:   82.3.1  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts