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standing cup

1550/1575

British Museum

British Museum

Standing cup and cover; body and cover formed of ostrich egg-shell mounted in silver, chased in bold relief and gilded; body held by three vertical bands, each chased with cupid mask, terminal figures and scrollwork; lip engraved with three medallions containing busts with elaborate scrolls between; horizontal mount at top chased with strapwork frames containing lion masks, fruit, etc.; foot similar; baluster stem with masks, interlacing scrolls and terminal monsters; cover: engraved scroll border with three lion masks; centre: female figure holding disc in one hand and two shields in other, one with hare springing from three mounts, saltire and monogram on other; inside cover a medallion with figure of Justice with sword and scales.

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  • Title: standing cup
  • Date Created: 1550/1575
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 37.00cm; Diameter: 11.60mm (cup); Diameter: 11.10cm (foot); Diameter: 8.90cm (bowl rim); Diameter: 10.10cm (cover); Weight: 981.00g
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: cast; chased; engraved; gilded; relief
  • Subject: virtues and vices; allegory/personification
  • Registration number: WB.112
  • Production place: Made in Nuremberg
  • Producer: Workshop of Jamnitzer, Wenzel
  • Material: ostrich eggshell; silver
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Bequeathed by Rothschild, Ferdinand Anselm. Previous owner/ex-collection Law, Charles Edmund. Previous owner/ex-collection Law, Edward
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