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Columbine masterpiece cup, silver, gilt at the rim and inside. The cup has six lobes at the rim and the body and is embossed and chased. Around the rim six scenes from Ovid's Metamorphoses; around the body six plumb putti with emblems and moralizing inscriptions. The stem has three rams' heads; on the base are small creatures: a beetle, a snake and a lizard. The whole of the surface is ellaborately embossed and chased.
Datec. 1610 - 1620
Material and technique
Dimensions19.7 cm (height)
No. of items
Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
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Karin Tebbe, Ursula Timann, Thomas Eser, Ralf Schürer, Birgit Schübel, Peggy Grosse, Said Habib, Ulrike Rathjen, Nürnberger Goldschmiedekunst 1541-1868, 3 (Verlag des Germanischen Nationalmuseums, Nuremberg, 2007), Band 1, Teil 1; no. 732; Band 1, Teil 2, p. 798, no. 253
Wilson, Timothy, Winterbottom, Matthew, Treasures of the Goldsmith's Art: The Michael Wellby Bequest to the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford, 2015)