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Cup with cover

Date:
1591
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Ostrich egg, gilt silver
Dimensions:
H. 13-1/2 in. (34.3 cm.)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
68.141.295a, b
Not on view
Ostrich eggs were regarded as both rare and exotic in sixteenth-century England, and thus were considered suitable for mounting in gilt silver. The top of the shell has been sliced off in order to form the cover; the finial in the form of an ostrich is probably a nineteenth-century addition.
Inscription: Under foot: finely pricked "14 " (ozs.)

Marking: LB monogram?
[ S. J. Phillips Ltd. ; sold to Irwin Untermyer, September 28, 1967 ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1967–68; to MMA)
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