Cup and cover

On display

The finial formed as a unicorn. The surface mostly matted. Inside the cover an enamelled shield of arms or a cross flory gules. On the side of the rim an assay scrap and five marks. The arms are stated by M. Wellby, apparently correctly, to be those of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt.


  • Title

    Cup and cover

  • Artist/maker

    Frans Arentsz Born (active 1550 - 1575) (goldsmith)
  • Associated place

    the Hague (place of creation)
  • Date

    1574 - 1575
  • Material and technique

    silver-gilt, enamel

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    30 cm (height)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.

  • Museum location

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

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Anna Cecilia Koldeweij, ‘Vind’, (2015), ---, ---, illus. p. 36

Koldeweij, Anna Cecilia, ‘Van kunstkamer tot museumzaal: De nagelaten collectie van Michael Wellby’, (2015)

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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