Mounted nautilus shell drinking cupOn display
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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.
Mounted nautilus shell drinking cup
Material and technique
nautilus-shell, parcel-gilt silver
Dimensions32 cm (height)
10.2 cm (width)
10 cm (depth)
No. of items
Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
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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)