Standing cup with cover

Silversmith Stephanus Weltzer II

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On top of the lid sits winged Cupid, the god of love, who may have played with his well-known (but here lost) attribute, an arrow. The stem statuette in the form of a boy holding up an apple could refer to Adam and the biblical story of the expulsion from Paradise. Seen together, Cupid, the apple, and the abundance of flowers and foliage signify vanity and the passing of earthly pleasure. Until recently, the only works by Stephanus Weltzer II that were known are two chalices in ecclesiastical treasuries.

Standing cup with cover, Stephanus Weltzer II (master 1700, died 1734), Silver, partly gilded, Hungarian, Brassó

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