Silver-gilt tazza; embossed and chased. A female figure emblematic of Earth (Terra) is depicted in the centre foreground, seated on a group of plain, burnished blocks of stone with grass and flowering plants springing up around the stones. The figure of Earth has been given a subtle contrapposto movement, because her left leg is crossed over the right knee and is facing left, but the torso is turned almost facing front while the head is turned in profile to the right, looking upwards and tilted back slightly. The figure is almost nude - a swathe of drapery from her left hip crosses over and covers part of her right leg and knee. In her hair, ears of corn are worn like a diadem, coming to a point in the centre above her forehead. Her right elbow rests on a sheaf of corn and her raised right hand holds two long stalks with heavy ears, bending them into a gentle curve. Her left elbow rests on the tall block of stone and her left hand holds the sickle, the blade of which rests on the upper arm. The landscape includes a farm building (on the left) with a water-wheel and, beyond, the village. On the ground, close to the left foot and the sheaf of corn, is a lizard. One of the trees (on the right) is of the willowy kind, leaning against the other. In the centre, the panorama extends to the horizon and the burnished clouds in the sky.   The border consists of a narrow inner band in the classical manner and a wider outer band of four lion-masks at the cardinal points, linked by a repetitive strapwork design each incorporating two swags of drapery on either side of a 'fleur-de-lis' motif. The baluster-shaped stem has a separate short upper section with a profiled ring and four scroll-brackets attached at the top and the bottom; a large middle section elaborately chased with strapwork lion-masks, clusters of fruit, festoons and swags of drapery, is integral with the plain undecorated lower section; they fit over the threaded tube rising from the centre of the foot. The circular domed foot rises in two stages, each richly decorated with chased ornament, the lower consisting of winged cherub heads alternating with scrollwork and clusters of fruit, while the upper is a continuous series of swags of drapery with pendant folds alternating with pendant tassels, and scrolls below. To the underside of each foot, at the centre, is soldered a small circular silver disc (Diam. 3.8 cm) engraved with the demi-figure of an angel, with both arms outstretched and holding in both hands the drapery on which an oval shield in a cartouche is emblazoned with the arms of the Counts of Thun, of Tirol and Bohemia.

Silver-gilt tazza; embossed and chased. A female figure emblematic of Earth (Terra) is depicted in the centre foreground, seated on a group of plain, burnished blocks of stone with grass and flowering plants springing up around the stones. The figure of Earth has been given a subtle contrapposto movement, because her left leg is crossed over the right knee and is facing left, but the torso is turned almost facing front while the head is turned in profile to the right, looking upwards and tilted back slightly. The figure is almost nude - a swathe of drapery from her left hip crosses over and covers part of her right leg and knee. In her hair, ears of corn are worn like a diadem, coming to a point in the centre above her forehead. Her right elbow rests on a sheaf of corn and her raised right hand holds two long stalks with heavy ears, bending them into a gentle curve. Her left elbow rests on the tall block of stone and her left hand holds the sickle, the blade of which rests on the upper arm. The landscape includes a farm building (on the left) with a water-wheel and, beyond, the village. On the ground, close to the left foot and the sheaf of corn, is a lizard. One of the trees (on the right) is of the willowy kind, leaning against the other. In the centre, the panorama extends to the horizon and the burnished clouds in the sky. The border consists of a narrow inner band in the classical manner and a wider outer band of four lion-masks at the cardinal points, linked by a repetitive strapwork design each incorporating two swags of drapery on either side of a 'fleur-de-lis' motif. The baluster-shaped stem has a separate short upper section with a profiled ring and four scroll-brackets attached at the top and the bottom; a large middle section elaborately chased with strapwork lion-masks, clusters of fruit, festoons and swags of drapery, is integral with the plain undecorated lower section; they fit over the threaded tube rising from the centre of the foot. The circular domed foot rises in two stages, each richly decorated with chased ornament, the lower consisting of winged cherub heads alternating with scrollwork and clusters of fruit, while the upper is a continuous series of swags of drapery with pendant folds alternating with pendant tassels, and scrolls below. To the underside of each foot, at the centre, is soldered a small circular silver disc (Diam. 3.8 cm) engraved with the demi-figure of an angel, with both arms outstretched and holding in both hands the drapery on which an oval shield in a cartouche is emblazoned with the arms of the Counts of Thun, of Tirol and Bohemia.
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