A Frechen stoneware cup with Exeter silver–gilt mounts

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A Frechen stoneware cup with Exeter silver–gilt mounts

Salt-glazed stoneware cups such as this were mass-produced in the potting town of Frechen near Cologne and imported in their millions into Elizabethan England.

The Exeter goldsmith John Eydes added the silver-gilt mounts to the pot in 1580. His work, richly ornamented with lions' heads, fruit, foliage and strapwork, illustrates the adoption of continental motifs, especially those of the Low Countries, by local craftsmen.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum