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Caudle Cup

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.


c. 1683


Cornelius Vander Burch (Vanderburgh)
American, c. 1653–1699
New York

About this artwork

Traditionally, a cup like this would have held a warm beverage known as caudle, a mixture of eggs, bread, oats, mulled ale or wine, milk, and spices. As indicated by its size, this cup was meant for use by a group, most likely at a special occasion where it could be passed around and its contents shared. It was probably made for the christening of Philip van Cortlandt (1683–1746) in 1683.


On View, Gallery 165


Arts of the Americas


Cornelius Vanderburgh


Caudle Cup


New York (Object made in)

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c. 1683




Marked on bottom three times: CVB (cojoined inside a heart) Engraved on body with Van Cortlandt arms


8.9 × 22.9 × 15.2 cm (3 1/2 × 9 × 6 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society and Dr. and Mrs. C. Phillip Miller

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