Mounted nautilus shell drinking cup

On display

Small nautilus shell, mounted in silver, parcel-gilt, as a crane in its vigilance. The bird stands on one leg and holds a stone in the other. The upper part is chased to resemble feathers, the base to resemble rocky ground.

Details

  • Title

    Mounted nautilus shell drinking cup

  • Associated place

    Germany (place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1600
  • Material and technique

    nautilus-shell, parcel-gilt silver

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    32 cm (height)
    10.2 cm (width)
    10 cm (depth)
  • No. of items

    2

  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.

  • Museum location

    Second floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.

    WA2013.1.202

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Further reading

C. Truman, ‘Oxford's silver gilt bequest: The Art Newspaper’, (2013)

Wilson, Timothy, ‘The Ashmolean: The Michael Wellby Bequest no. 65, Spring 2013’, (2013), p.5

Wilson, Timothy, Winterbottom, Matthew, Treasures of the Goldsmith's Art: The Michael Wellby Bequest to the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford, 2015)

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