Mounted nautilus shell drinking cupOn display
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Polished nautilus shell, mounted in silver-gilt. On the top is Neptune with his trition, seated astride, on a crayfish. The straps are formed as two female and one male herm figures. At the sides of the mount are two snails. The stem is formed as a naked man, probably Atlas, with a dolphin between his feet. He stands in the sea, populated by more dolphins. The remainder of the surface embossed and chased.
Mounted nautilus shell drinking cup
Material and technique
nautilus-shell, silver-gilt mounts
Dimensions26 cm (height)
No. of items
Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
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J.F. Hayward, Virtuoso Goldsmiths and the triumph of Mannerism, 1540-1620 (London, 1976), 618, 661, 398, 402
Koldeweij, Anna Cecilia, ‘Van kunstkamer tot museumzaal: De nagelaten collectie van Michael Wellby’, (2015)