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Cup with cover

British, London
Ostrich egg, gilt silver
Height: 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
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: Finely pricked under foot: 14 (ozs.)

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