Fox Head Stirrup Cup Style of Ralph Wood Deaccession of Colonial Williamsburg



A fine antique Staffordshire pottery fox head stirrup cup, deaccessioned from Colonial Williamsburg. Made in England circa 1820 the stirrup cup is modeled in the style of Ralph Wood. Painted in bright orange with brown slip painted details. Interesting features of this cup are the prominent ears, the molded “hair”, and the brown slip applied to the fox’s muzzle. They add to the character of the wily fox.


H 2.5 in. x W 4.5 in. x D 4.75 in.






Stirrup cups in pottery and porcelain became popular in England in the last quarter of the 18th century. They were originally made in silver to be held in the hand while on horseback, and therefore had no need of a foot. A stirrup cup is a “parting cup” used for drinking and given to guests, especially when they are leaving and have their feet in the stirrups.


Deaccessioned from Colonial Williamsburg G1997-203. Harry H Coon Collection #21

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