Workshop of Louis Marcy (Luigi Parmeggiani) (Italian, 1860–1945) (?)
ca. 1880–1900 (15th century style)
Made in France
Horn, silver, enamel
Overall: 13 1/4 x 12 13/16 x 5 3/8 in. (33.6 x 32.6 x 13.6 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Not on view
This elaborate drinking horn is decorated with fantastic Gothic towers, heraldic devices, and the figure of Saint Michael slaying the dragon. The Latin inscription from 1 Peter 4:7 alludes to sobriety and the perils of temptation. Possibly conceived as a visual statement of temperance, the “horn” displays many of the characteristics of the Gothic Revival movement.
Inscription: [domed cover, on band] (4 or 5 illegible letters (itaque (?)) sobrii estote vigilate (trans: be ye therefore sober and watch)
Marking: [on each side] shields with arms of Brandenburg
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 1st ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1925. pp. 91, 128, fig. 74.