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Title:

Nautilus Shell Cup

Maker(s) &
Production:

Unidentified, silversmith, England, London, mounts

Production
Note:

The maker's mark of possibly 'TK' or 'TR' conjoined has not been identified

Collection:

Leonard D. Cunliffe

Category:

silver

Name:

standing cup

Date:

circa 1585 1586

School/Style(s):

Mannerist; Elizabethan

Period(s):

late 16th Century; Elizabeth I

Description(s):

nautilus shell and silver-gilt; the shell engraved with Chinese scenes and mounted with silver-gilt aquatic emblems.
Nautilus shell and silver-gilt. The shell is engraved with two Chinese scenes on each side of the body, and with ornamental patterns of scalework, diaperwork and brickwork. It has been badly damaged and repaired. The shell is held by four staps; those at the sides are cast as caryatids, whilst the strap at the front is cast as a young warrior, and that at the back as a bearded man. They support the rim mount, which has a cut border, and is applied with winged angels heads, flowers and snails. At the top, over the curve of the shell, is a model of a lobster or crayfish. At the front is a wide everted rim, which is engraved with a border of flowers and scrolling foliage. The shell rests on a calyx with cut border. This is held aloft by a model of Neptune riding a dolphin. The slightly domed over foot is embossed and chased with sea monsters and waves. The foot ring is cast with an egg, tongue and dart border. The wooden box (A) has two hinged half lids and is fitted with cream calf lining.

Technique(s):

engraving; bowl of cup
casting (process); mount
embossed; mount
chasing; mount
engraving; mount

Material(s):

nautilus shell; bowl of cup
silver; mount
gold; surface of mounts

Technique
Description:

nautilus shell with engraved decoration, mounted in silver-gilt, cast, embossed, chased and engraved

Dimension(s):

height, overall, 9⅝, in
height, overall, 24.4, cm
width, overall, 4¼, in
width, overall, 10.8, cm
length, overall, 7½, in
length, overall, 19, cm

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1938-02-15; Cunliffe, Leonard Daneham

Provenance:

Listed in Mr Cunliffe's catalogue as being bought at Phillips

Acquisition Credit:

L.D. Cunliffe Bequest, 1937

Inscription(s):

label of ownership; on the underside of the base; printed on paper and glued to the surface; FITZW. / MUS; property of the Fitzwilliam Museum
hallmark; on the upper surface of the foot; struck; leopard's head crowned; London
hallmark; on the upper surface of the foot; struck; lion passant; sterling standard silver
hallmark; on the upper surface of the foot; struck; H; London date letter for 1585-6
maker's mark; on the upper surface of the foot; struck; probably TEo in monogram; Thomas Heard

Exhibition(s):

Documentation:

Parts:

M/P.4A-1938

Accession:

Object Number: M/P.4-1938
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 118322; input: 2005-01-10; modified: 2018-07-31)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/118322





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