An English silver-gilt cup and cover
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An English silver-gilt cup and cover


An English silver-gilt cup and cover
Maker's mark probably of William Eaton, London, 1835
Baluster form, on a circular domed foot, chased and embossed with a band of oakleaves underneath a band of stylised foliage, short knobbed stem, the lower part of the body chased and embossed with stylised leaves underneath an applied band of scrolling foliage rising to two scrolling foliage handles, one side engraved with the arms of Hamburg, the other side inscribed HAMBURG'S POCAL WANDSBECKER PFERDERENNEN 1835., detachable domed cover with cast foliage rim and applied grapes and vines band above, the finial shaped as a lying mare playing with a foal, marked on upper part cup and inside cover
43cm. high
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Lot Essay

A sheet of paper accompanied the present beaker with a passage taken from the Hippologische Blätter. Eine Zeitschrift für veredelte Pferdezucht, published by Grafen von Holmer in 1835. The text, in German, reads about the Horserace at Wandsbeck held July 20th 1835, at which occasion the present beaker was presented to the winner. Winner of the horserace was Dr. Weber with his horse Rosenkranz.

Especially the people of Schleswig-Holstein shared the pleasure of the receiver that the first golden beaker presented at the race-course stayed in their federal state. Dr. Weber shouted from the judges' stand, accompanied by a resounding cheer of those who support the well-being of Hamburg, a loud and cheerful "hurrah".

Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen auf Bodenwerder, (Bodenwerder Hannover, 1720-1797), was a Nobleman, hunter, adventurer and a brave officer. Because of his exaggerated hunting stories he became the prototype of a braggart, presenting himself as a man of the world, one who told the most extraordinary stories about his travelling, hunting and war adventures.
The stories of Von Münchhausen were brought together in a book in 1785 by the author R.E. Raspe. This English version was translated by the German poet G.A. Bürger who improved the stories and gave them a satirical character.
In 1942, the book was made into a film by Josef von Baky, called The Adventures of Baron Münchhausen.

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