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:  NE in notched shield (maker's mark of Nicolaus I Emmerling);  N in circle (Nuremberg town mark for ca. 1603–9);  various assay zigzags
Location of marks: – on underside
[ S. J. Phillips Ltd. , until 1989; sold to Mrs. Wrightsman ] ; Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (1989–2008; to MMA)
Artist: Fourteen identified German (Augsburg) goldsmiths and other German artisans; Japanese (Imari) porcelain makerDate: ca. 1743–45Medium: Gilt silver, hard-paste porcelain, cut glass, walnut, carved and partially gilt coniferous wood, blind-tooled and partially gilt leather, partially gilt steel and iron, textiles, moiré paper, hog's bristleAccession: 2005.364.1a–d–.48On view in:Gallery 551