• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 17

    A GERMAN SILVER-GILT CUP FORMED AS A REARING HORSE

    MARK OF ERHARD ELLERS, TORGAU, CIRCA 1670

    Price Realised  

    A GERMAN SILVER-GILT CUP FORMED AS A REARING HORSE
    MARK OF ERHARD ELLERS, TORGAU, CIRCA 1670
    Realistically modelled, with detachable head, the base cast and chased with foliage and rock-work, marked on base and on cover bezel
    8¼ in. (21 cm.) high
    16 oz. (497 gr.)


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    The tradition of offering a guest a "Willkommen Pokale", or welcome cup, of wine was long established in Europe and culminated, in the 16th and 17th centuries, with the production of charming cups in the form of animals with detachable heads. These cups would have taken a form relevant to their owners, for example modelled as a heraldic beast or the symbol of a guild. Cups in the form of a horses, such as the present example, were sometimes intended to be used as prizes for competitions.

    We are grateful to Professor Dr. Ernst-Ludwig Richter for the identification of the maker's mark.

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