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A GERMAN PARCEL-GILT SILVER CUP AND COVER
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A GERMAN PARCEL-GILT SILVER CUP AND COVER

MARK OF MATTHIAS SCHWAIGER, AUGSBURG, 1629-1632

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A GERMAN PARCEL-GILT SILVER CUP AND COVER
MARK OF MATTHIAS SCHWAIGER, AUGSBURG, 1629-1632
On high domed foot and with baluster stem applied with three scroll brackets, the gourd shaped body with detachable domed cover with figure finial of a miner, chased with bands of foliate scrolls on a matted ground, engraved inside the cover with a coat of arms and dated 1638, marked on foot and bowl rim, with later Austro-Hungarian tax mark for Klugenfurt 1806-1807
14 ¼ in. (36 cm.) high
19 oz. 7 dwt. (602 gr.)
The arms are those of the City of Hamburg.
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Lot Essay

The finial of this cup depicts a miner wearing his apron or Bergleder that served to keep the cold and moisture when sitting, with his hat, pickaxe and basket. This cup is one from a series of ornamental or drinking cups with illustrations of mining scenes, the first list of which was compiled by Marc Rosenberg in Geschichte des Goldschmiedekunst auf technischer Grundlage, Osnabrück, 1972 (first published in 1910-25) and later added to in Der Bergbau in der Kunst, edited by Heinrich Winkelmann et al., Essen, 1958 which includes such prestigious cups as the Rappolstein cup dated 1543 and the Imhoff Cup by Hans Petzoldt, which features chased mining scenes.

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