In 1868, a hoard of some 70 pieces of Roman silver dating from the first century was found at Hildesheim, Germany. The discovery of these treasures and the 19th century taste for historical design inspired numerous silver manufacturers, including Christofle & Cie., to produce notable pieces from the treasure. The present model, cast in deep relief with a figure of Minerva set against luxurious gilt and plated finishes, was shown in a retrospective of objets galvaniques at the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 1888 (H. Bouilhet, Christofle: 150 Ans d'Orfèvrererie, Paris, 1981, pp. 170-1, pl. 4). A pair of replica vases from the Hildesheim Treasure, cast by Christofle, was sold at Christie's, London, 18 September 2014, lot 28 (£18,750).