Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Double beaker

Peter Wiber (master 1603, freeman 1605, sworn 1623–27, died 1641)
German, Nuremberg
Overall (confirmed): 8 1/8 × 4 3/16 × 4 3/16 in., 15.184oz. (20.6 × 10.6 × 10.6 cm, 430.508g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.543.2a, b
Not on view
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: [1] PW in ligature within contoured shield (maker's mark of Peter Wibers);
[2] N (town mark for Nuremberg, ca. 1609–29);
[3] assayer's zigzag

Location of marks:
On underside
[ S. J. Phillips Ltd. , until 1987; sold to Wrightsman ] ; Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (1987–2008; to MMA)
Related Objects


Artist: Peter Wiber (master 1603, freeman 1605, sworn 1623–27, died 1641) Date: early 17th century Medium: Silver gilt Accession: 89.2.7 On view in:Not on view


Artist: Mounts by Johann Heel (1637–1709, master 1668) Date: ca. 1700 Medium: Jade mounted with silver gilt and painted enamel Accession: 1974.356.785 On view in:Gallery 533

Tureen and stand

Artist: Bernhard Heinrich Weyhe (German, 1702–1782) Date: 1769–71 Medium: Silver, silver gilt Accession: 2009.263a–c On view in:Gallery 533

Cylindrical tankard

Date: ca. 1720 Medium: Faience (tin-glazed earthenware), silver-gilt mounts Accession: 64.101.385 On view in:Gallery 533