Fox Head Stirrup Cup Style Ralph Wood Deaccessioned from Colonial Williamsburg



A fine antique Staffordshire pottery fox head stirrup cup, deaccessioned from Colonial Williamsburg.

Made circa 1790 and molded in the style of Ralph Wood, this fox head stirrup cup is painted in bright orange with brown details. Interesting features of this cup are the pricked up ears and the brown eyes with brown eyelashes which add a touch of friendliness to the character of the wily fox.


H 3.25 in. x W 4 in. x D 5 in.


Excellent. Slight wear on the back edge.




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 They were originally made in silver to be held in the hand while on horseback, and therefore had no need of a foot.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.

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