Ostrich-egg standing cup and cover. The standing-cup itself has survived with the following original silver-gilt parts: the two-tier circular base, the three vertical strap-mounts (encasing the ostrich egg), the horizontal strap-mount and, above, the broad, everted rim of the bowl. The three vertical strap-mounts have identical cast decoration in relief, which comprises a Renaissance pilaster-type ornament (of grotesque busts and masks within a symmetrical pattern of strapwork scrolls and foliate motifs), over the centre of which has been applied a large, overlapping, oval cartouche of elaborate scrollwork incorporating fruit and foliate motifs and, in the centre, a putto-mask. The horizontal strap-mount, to which the top of each of the three vertical strap-mounts is linked by a highly decorative hinge of banded foliate design, comprises band of repetitive cast strapwork cartouches, in the centre of which is a lion mask in high relief; between each of the strapwork cartouches there is a pendant bunch of fruit. There are seven complete strapwork cartouches containing lion masks, but because there was not sufficient room left for the eighth there is a short section where two pendant bunches of fruit are separated only by a tiny, short piece of strapwork, thereby creating a very confused effect. This cast repetitive design is, again, used on the lower tier of the base, but with a difference: between each pair of strapwork cartouches containing lion masks and the adjoining pendant bunches of fruit there is a projecting putto's head. There are three projecting heads; and, unlike the situation with the horizontal strap-mount, there is no problem because pairs of cartouches and adjacent bunches of fruit fit the remaining space almost exactly. Above this slightly convex band of decoration, the plain surface of the base narrows as it rises to support the upper zone of the base, the edge of which is decorated with a laurel wreath border. Within the border is a slightly convex band of cast ornament in relief, comprising three repetitive sections (a term between scrollwork with fruit and foliate motifs) separated by a projecting putto's head in high relief. From the centre of the upper part of the base, which is left plain, rises the tubular stem, the upper section of which has an internal screw thread. Into the latter is threaded the screw that is attached to the underside of the plain, concave plate beneath the ostrich egg and to which the three vertical strap-mounts are attached by means of 'hinge fastenings'. This shaped and highly functional plate with its three 'hinge fastenings' is hidden from view (when the cup is assembled) by a thin, silver-gilt concave calyx, fashioned to resemble a foliate base overlaid by three long, pointed leaves. Finally, the broad, everted rim to the bowl of the cup is linked to the horizontal strap-mount below by a narrow zone of four crisply formed mouldings, and its exterior surface is entirely covered with engraved ornament. The three roundels, equidistantly placed to line up with the three vertical strap-mounts, each contain a bust:   (i) A bearded king (?), wearing a pointed crown, in profile facing right and in the field (on the left) '155' and (on the right) '4'.  (ii) A woman, wearing flowers in an elaborate headdress, three-quarters facing to left; the collar of her dress is open at the neck.  (iii)  A bearded man in classical armour, wearing a plumed helmet, in profile facing left.  Between each of these roundels the surface is engraved with a panel of intricate ornament; each is a different pattern, although all three are composed of a strapwork design overlaid by a symmetrical interlace of foliate

Ostrich-egg standing cup and cover. The standing-cup itself has survived with the following original silver-gilt parts: the two-tier circular base, the three vertical strap-mounts (encasing the ostrich egg), the horizontal strap-mount and, above, the broad, everted rim of the bowl. The three vertical strap-mounts have identical cast decoration in relief, which comprises a Renaissance pilaster-type ornament (of grotesque busts and masks within a symmetrical pattern of strapwork scrolls and foliate motifs), over the centre of which has been applied a large, overlapping, oval cartouche of elaborate scrollwork incorporating fruit and foliate motifs and, in the centre, a putto-mask. The horizontal strap-mount, to which the top of each of the three vertical strap-mounts is linked by a highly decorative hinge of banded foliate design, comprises band of repetitive cast strapwork cartouches, in the centre of which is a lion mask in high relief; between each of the strapwork cartouches there is a pendant bunch of fruit. There are seven complete strapwork cartouches containing lion masks, but because there was not sufficient room left for the eighth there is a short section where two pendant bunches of fruit are separated only by a tiny, short piece of strapwork, thereby creating a very confused effect. This cast repetitive design is, again, used on the lower tier of the base, but with a difference: between each pair of strapwork cartouches containing lion masks and the adjoining pendant bunches of fruit there is a projecting putto's head. There are three projecting heads; and, unlike the situation with the horizontal strap-mount, there is no problem because pairs of cartouches and adjacent bunches of fruit fit the remaining space almost exactly. Above this slightly convex band of decoration, the plain surface of the base narrows as it rises to support the upper zone of the base, the edge of which is decorated with a laurel wreath border. Within the border is a slightly convex band of cast ornament in relief, comprising three repetitive sections (a term between scrollwork with fruit and foliate motifs) separated by a projecting putto's head in high relief. From the centre of the upper part of the base, which is left plain, rises the tubular stem, the upper section of which has an internal screw thread. Into the latter is threaded the screw that is attached to the underside of the plain, concave plate beneath the ostrich egg and to which the three vertical strap-mounts are attached by means of 'hinge fastenings'. This shaped and highly functional plate with its three 'hinge fastenings' is hidden from view (when the cup is assembled) by a thin, silver-gilt concave calyx, fashioned to resemble a foliate base overlaid by three long, pointed leaves. Finally, the broad, everted rim to the bowl of the cup is linked to the horizontal strap-mount below by a narrow zone of four crisply formed mouldings, and its exterior surface is entirely covered with engraved ornament. The three roundels, equidistantly placed to line up with the three vertical strap-mounts, each contain a bust: (i) A bearded king (?), wearing a pointed crown, in profile facing right and in the field (on the left) '155' and (on the right) '4'. (ii) A woman, wearing flowers in an elaborate headdress, three-quarters facing to left; the collar of her dress is open at the neck. (iii) A bearded man in classical armour, wearing a plumed helmet, in profile facing left. Between each of these roundels the surface is engraved with a panel of intricate ornament; each is a different pattern, although all three are composed of a strapwork design overlaid by a symmetrical interlace of foliate
WB.112,
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