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Double Cup

Artist:
Mattheus Epfenhauser (German)
Date:
1574/1575
Geography:
Made in Nuremberg
Culture:
German
Medium:
Silver gilt, silver medallions
Dimensions:
Overall: 20 1/2 x 5 7/8 in. (52.1 x 15 cm) cup (a): 10 11/16 x 5 7/8 in. (27.1 x 14.9 cm) cup (b): 10 3/4 x 5 7/8 in. (27.3 x 15 cm) diameter of base (a & b): 5 1/8 in. (13 cm) diam. of medallion (a): 1 7/16 in. (3.6 cm) diam. of medallion (b): 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.607a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
The double cup bears the hallmark of the city of Nuremberg and of the goldsmith Mattheus Epfenhausen, listed as a master in 1570. A medallion set in the base of one cup portrays Sigmund Richter, and his family arms are represented in a medallion of the other cup.
Marking: N in circle (Nuremberg); ME conjoined in rectangle, mark of Matheus Epfenhauser.
Ernest (?) Gutmann(by at least 1903); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Husband, Timothy B., and Jane Hayward, ed. The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages. New York: Dutton Publishing, 1975. no. 266, pp. 268-269.



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