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Covered beaker in silver-gilt; engraved and partly enamelled. The ornament on the goblet is in two zones, divided by a movable wreath of flowers springing from a branch interrupted by six flowers having remains of dark blue enamel; plain spreading base, with traces of three feet, on which it originally rested. Domed cover engraved with floral scrolls and birds, Gothic cresting round edge, a similar cresting on top enclosing a mount, with traces of green enamel, on which stands an armed knight with spear and shield. The subjects on the beaker are: on the upper zone, Samson rending the lion, and the woman of Timnath, a pair of lovers embracing, a fool playing bagpipes, a lady reading a letter to a fool, and a wild woman with a unicorn; on the lower, a meandering scroll with conventional flowers and birds. Hallmark and maker's mark; foot and wreath removable by means of slot; weights scratched into base.
- Production date
- 1500 (circa)
Diameter: 10.20 centimetres (Lid)
Diameter: 9.30 centimetres (Main Body)
Diameter: 10.20 centimetres
Height: 13.20 centimetres (Lid)
Height: 14.80 centimetres (Main Body)
Height: 26.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from Read and Tonnochy 1928, 'Catalogue of Silver Plate' (Franks Bequest):
The marks are those of Hans Timmermann, a Lübeck goldsmith, who inherited his father's house in 1506: he apparently died between 1527 and 1529 (Johs. Warncke, 'Die Edelschmiedekunst in Lübeck und ihre Meister', p. 145. Lübeck, 1927). Another beaker of this type, made by Franziskus Burmester of Lübeck in the second half of the fifteenth century, is preserved at Engsö Castle in Sweden: the wreath round the middle has at intervals medallions showing alternately the arms of the Swedish family of Bonde; on the body are engraved religious subjects in medallions; on the cover, medallions, some with rosettes, others with figures of prophets (?); the feet are architectural, in the form of towers, 'ibid.', p. 128. A tankard from Lübeck, by Engelbrecht Becker II, is in the Waddesdon Bequest (Cat. no. 128; and Warncke, as above, p. 195).
The subjects on the upper zone are copied, with slight variations, from engravings by the master E. S. They are described in detail in Max Lehrs, 'Geschichte und Kritischer Katalog des Deutschen, Niederländischen und Französischen Kupferstichs im XV. Jahrhundert', II (text), Vienna, 1910, nos. 3, 207, 214, 229. See also 'Zeitschrift für christliche Kunst', VII (1864), column 242. A similar beaker is figured by W. H. J. Weale, 'Instrumenta Ecclesiastica; choix d'objets d'art religieux du Moyen Âge et de la Renaissance, exposés à Malines en Septembre 1864'. Brussels, 1866, Orfèvrerie, no. 50, the property of the Cathedral of St. Paul at Liège, having belonged formerly to the 'collégiale' of Notre-Dame at Tongres, where it was used in the services of Holy Week, though unquestionably a domestic vessel. The cup and cover are "ornés de feuillage richement ciselé entremêlé de scènes de chasse", and apparently these are in much the same style as the Franks cup; the cresting and shape of foot are similar on both. The Tongres cup, however, has its three feet complete, and these, as well as the central ornament of the cover, are of architectural design; but there would appear to be no enamel.
A fine engraved beaker is preserved at Kempen in the Rhineland: instead of a detachable wreath round the middle there is an inscription, SANTA MARIA IASSPER MELCHIOR BALTHASAR : above are genre-subjects among foliage and flowers; below, the Adoration of the Magi, with Gothic cresting on the lower edge. The hexagonal foot is supported by three figures of peasants, and has open-work lozenge ornament. The date is the second half of the fifteenth century (P. Clemen, 'Kunstdenkmäler der Rheinprovinz', I, p. 77: Düsseldorf, 1891; illustrated, E. Aus'm Weerth, 'Kunstdenkmäler des christlichen Mittelalters in den Rheinlanden', vol. of plates, xxii. 9).
- On display (G46/dc5)
- Exhibition history
2016-2017 7 Oct-9 Jan, Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, The British View: Germany – Memories of a Nation
2014-2015 16 Oct-25 Jan, London, BM, G35, Germany: Memories of a Nation
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- In Guest's possession until 1891.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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