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Standing cup

Possibly by workshop of Lorenz Zick (1594–1666)
Possibly by workshop of Stephen Zick (died 1715)
17th century
German, Nuremberg
Overall: 14 × 5 × 4 1/4 in. (35.6 × 12.7 × 10.8 cm)
Natural Substances-Ivory
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Gordon, 1910
Accession Number:
10.212.2a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 551
The technique of forming objects on a lathe, 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 embraced turning 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 this cup 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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