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Vente Sotheby & Co, Londres, The Celebrated Collection of German, Dutch and other Continental Silver and Silver-Gilt of the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries, sold by order of Victor Rothschild esq., 26 avril 1937 lot 193. L'essentiel de cette collection venait de la collection du baron Karl von Rothschild de Frankfurt et du baron Lionel de Rothschild par les premier Lord et Lady Rothschild.
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A GERMAN SILVER-GILT CUP FORMED AS AN OX
MAKER'S MARK OF HANS VALENTIN LAMINIT, AUGSBURG, 1614-1616
The circular base chased with rockwork and grass, the animal on its hind legs with detachable head, marked on base with assay scrape beneath and on head
The ox was generally used as a welcome cup for the Butcher's guilds. Several examples of ox and bull cups are recorded including two by Elias Zorer circa 1590 (H. Seling, Die Kunst der Augsburger Goldschmiede 1529 - 1868, Munich, 1980, vol. 2, figs. 158 and 160).