M20292.A-B | Cup

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1808, 19th century
Metal: silver; Shaped, assembled
30 x 21 x 17 cm
© McCord Museum
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James McGill (1744-1813), merchant, civil servant, politician, landowner, militia officer, and founder of the university that bears his name, received this cup in 1808 from a friend. Objects of this type served mainly a decorative function, although they were often given on special occasions to honour some individual. McGill's cup is decorated with insignia of Bacchus, Greek-style edging as well as leaves, acorns and water leaf borders. The cup's morphology and decoration were inspired by Roman vases, as reinterpreted by the decorative arts of the 18th and 19th centuries.