Beaker and cover

On display

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.


  • Title

    Beaker and cover

  • Associated place

    Moscow (place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1690
  • Material and technique

    silver-gilt; niello

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    16.5 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

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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