Mounted nautilus shell drinking cup

On display

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.


  • Title

    Mounted nautilus shell drinking cup

  • Associated place

    Antwerp (place of creation)
  • Date

  • Material and technique

    nautilus-shell, silver-gilt mounts

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    26 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

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)

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