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Cup with cover with a leather case

Franz Hubert Doreck (master in 1822–died ca. 1866)
German, Mannheim
Silver gilt, leather
Height: 10 5/8 in., Diameter at foot: 4 1/8 in., Weight: 1.5 lb. (27 x 10.5 cm, 0.68kg); Case: 11 13/16 x 4 3/4 in. (30 x 12 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 2000
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 554
Doreck arrived in Mannheim in 1821 from Brunn, Austria. A label in the traveling case of our cup states that he established a workshop as goldsmith and jeweler in the town's center, at "No. 5 / in der breiten Strasse." Here, the master took a simple Neoclassical barrel form and enlivened it with a playful contrast of decorative details and surface effects, such as the light-catching gadroons. The perfectly preserved cup may have been a present to a physician, as indicated by the applied reliefs of Hygeia, the Greek goddess of health, and her father, Asclepius, the god of medicine and healing. It is part of a long evolution of presentation cups from ancient times to the sport and racing trophies of today. The vessel's outline is distinctly German and conveys the elegance of inventions by Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781–1841), the most influential architect and designer in early nineteenth-century Germany. Other features, however, notably the figural applications, the cone finial, and the leaf-frieze decoration, recall the French Empire style.
Inscription: Each of the two parts of the case bear the paper label "F.H. DORECK/Juwelier/IN MANNHEIM/Litt P1 no. 5/in der breiten Stra[ss]e".

Marking: Struck on the foot of cup: [1] Mannheim town mark; [2] DORECK (maker's mark)
[ Galerie J. Kugel, Paris , Paris, until 2000; sold to MMA ]
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