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Standing cup with cover

Maker:
Possibly by workshop of Lorenz Zick (1594–1666)
Maker:
Possibly by workshop of Stephen Zick (died 1715)
Date:
17th century
Culture:
German, Nuremberg
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
13 5/8 × 4 1/8 in. (34.6 × 10.5 cm)
Classification:
Natural Substances-Ivory
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Gordon, 1910
Accession Number:
10.212.1a, b
Not on view
The technique of forming objects on a lath, or turning, reached a high degree of complexity in the Renaissance and Baroque eras, when French, Italian, and Central European workshops produced paper-thin hollowed-out shapes from single blocks of ivory. Clerics and noblemen embracedturning as a hobby. Among the rulers who collected masterpieces of turning for their Kunstkammern and practiced the art themselves were the Holy Roman Emperors Maximilian II (r. 1564–76), Rudolf II (r. 1576-1612), and Ferdinand III (r. 1619–37). The eccentric form of one of these cups exemplifies Mannerist taste in Central Europe, though the most challenging aspect of its creation was concocting the lacy hollows that form the stem and spire.
Robert Gordon (until 1910; to MMA)
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