On display

Silver ewer, modelled in auricular style, with Andromeda beneath the handle chained to a rock. The handle formed as a sea monster, the lip formed as a grotesque mask. The sides formed as swirling vortices. In the front a relief medallion, within an open mouth, of Perseus flying down to attack the sea monster. The base is flat.


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  • Artist/maker

    possibly Christian van Vianen (1600 or 1605 - 1667) (goldsmith)
    possibly Adam van Vianen (1568 or 1569 - 1627) (goldsmith)
  • Associated place

    Utrecht (place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1620 - 1630
  • Material and technique


  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    23.7 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), 638, 399

C. Truman, ‘Oxford's silver gilt bequest: The Art Newspaper’, (2013)

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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