Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Double beaker

Nicholaus I Emmerling (active 1587–1606)
German, Nuremberg
Overall (confirmed): 4 7/16 × 2 9/16 × 2 9/16 in., 6.243oz. (11.3 × 6.5 × 6.5 cm, 177.006g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.543.4a, b
Not on view
The barrel-shaped beaker was in use since sixteenth century, at a time when precious silver vessels of various shapes imitating everyday objects of utilitarian nature were very fashionable–especially in German-speaking cultural centers. They detach in the middle to be used as separate vessels.
Marking: [1] NE in notched shield (maker's mark of Nicolaus I Emmerling);
[2] N in circle (Nuremberg town mark for ca. 1603–9);
[3] various assay zigzags

Location of marks:
[1]–[3] on underside
[ S. J. Phillips Ltd. , until 1989; sold to Mrs. Wrightsman ] ; Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (1989–2008; to MMA)
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