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Beaker and cover, silver-gilt with niello decoration on the cover, sides and base. The finial pierced within inverted hearts and at the top clasps for a gem now missing. The finial unscrews and could be used as a pomander. The niello decoration consist of tight scrolls with flowers and three scrolling cartouches. On a circular band beneath the base is a Russian inscription, translated by M. Wellby 'He who empties me once is a happy man. He who does it twice is a fool'. The beaker stands on three ball and claw feet.
Beaker and cover
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Dimensions16.5 cm (height)
No. of items
Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
Wilson, Timothy, Winterbottom, Matthew, Treasures of the Goldsmith's Art: The Michael Wellby Bequest to the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford, 2015)