The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
This object is currently being catalogued
  • Cup and cover
  • This object is currently being catalogued
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Belgium or France
  • 19th century
  • Silver, gold, precious stones and enamel, enamelled
  • Height: 35.5 cm
    Width: 22.5 cm
  • Mark: Weevil mark
    Mark: Boar's head
  • W309
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
  • This elaborate cup and cover is one of the many horse-racing trophies won by Lord Henry Seymour (1805-59). Lord Henry was the half-brother of the 4th Marquess of Hertford, being the son of the 3rd Marchioness by (probably) comte Casimir de Montrond. He also lived in Paris and collected works of art, but was a much more out-going character than the 4th Marquess. He was one of the founders of the French Jockey Club and helped establish the prestige and social cachet of horse-racing in France. This cup presumably passed by inheritance to the 4th Marquess or Sir Richard Wallace, of whom Lord Henry was particularly fond.