Double Cup, Mattheus Epfenhauser (German), Silver gilt, silver medallions, German

Double Cup

Mattheus Epfenhauser (German)
Made in Nuremberg
Silver gilt, silver medallions
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)
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 (American), London and New York (until 1917)
New York. The Cloisters Museum & Gardens. "The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages," March 28, 1975–June 15, 1975.

Gardner, John Starkie. Old Silver-work, Chiefly English, from the XVth to the XVIIIth Centuries: A Catalogue of the Unique Loan Collection Exhibited in 1902 at St. James's Court, London. London: B. T. Batsford, 1903. p. 106, case B, no. 25.

Jones, Edward Alfred. Catalogue of the Gutmann Collection of Plate Now the Property of J. Pierpont Morgan, Esquire. London: Bemrose & Sons, 1907. pl. IX.

Husband, Timothy B., and Jane Hayward, ed. The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975. no. 266, pp. 268–69.