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A LOUIS XIII PARCEL-GILT SILVER CUP FROM A BÜTTENMANN FIGURE
A LOUIS XIII PARCEL-GILT SILVER CUP FROM A BÜTTENMANN FIGURE
A LOUIS XIII PARCEL-GILT SILVER CUP FROM A BÜTTENMANN FIGURE
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A LOUIS XIII PARCEL-GILT SILVER CUP FROM A BÜTTENMANN FIGURE
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THE RUPERT CUP
A LOUIS XIII PARCEL-GILT SILVER CUP FROM A BÜTTENMANN FIGURE

MARK OF DAVID ZWIRLIN, STRASBOURG, CIRCA 1610

Details
A LOUIS XIII PARCEL-GILT SILVER CUP FROM A BÜTTENMANN FIGURE
MARK OF DAVID ZWIRLIN, STRASBOURG, CIRCA 1610
Of tapering barrel form, incised with alternating silver and gilt vertical lines and applied with gilt staves, fitted with two straps, later prick-engraved near the rim with inscription and crest, the back with a suspension hook, marked on base and with scratch weight 'XXXVI. LOTH' ; sold with an original lino cut by Oliver Hoare featuring the cup and a bottle of Ricard

5 7/8 in. (15 cm.)
9 oz. 5 dwt. (289 gr.)
The inscription reads 'The Rupert Cupp/ Major Edward Hoare 1650'.
Provenance
By tradition presented to Major Edward Hoare (d.1690), of Togher Castle, co. Cork by Prince Rupert of the Rhine (1619-1682) in 1650;
Collection Miss Laura Grace Arkwright (1900-1994), daughter of Ferdinand George Arkwright (1867-1939);
Property of Miss L. G. Arkwright, Sotheby's, London, 4 July 1968, lot 100;
Baron Alain de Rothschild (1910-1982)
Literature
A. Kugel, Vermeilleux! L'argent Doré de Strasbourg du XVIe au XIXe Siècle, Paris, 2014, p. 72-73, no. 8.
Exhibited
Galerie Kugel, Vermeilleux! L'argent Doré de Strasbourg du XVIe au XIXe Siècle, 10 September- 8 November 2014, Paris, no. 8.

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Lot Essay

This rare cup originally served as the basket for a wood grape picker known as a bütteman which was probably fitted with further elements as proven by the weight engaved on the underside of the cup amounting to 526 gr. while the cup weighs 289 gr.
Bütteman is a guild object typical of German, Alsatian and Swiss wine making areas used in traditional drinking games at banquets.

This particular cup was separated from the figure at some point and made its way to Ireland where it became known as the 'Rupert Cup' in reference to Prince Rupert of the Rhine, Duke of Cumberland (1619-1682) who was a German army officer, admiral, scientist and colonial governor. Prince Rupert, nephew to King Charles I, was appointed in 1642, commander of the Royalist cavalry during the English Civil War. Family tradition records that the cup was presented by Prince Rupert to Major Edward Hoare in 1650. He served under Major General Henry Ireton during the invasion of Ireland in 1649. Edward Hoare and his brother Abraham received, in recognition of their services, the lands of Drumanway in County Cork; Edward settled at Togher Castle until his death in 1690.

This cup became Oliver Hoare's daily companion in his latter years at his desk as can be seen in the photograph on page 2 of this catalogue, its contents regularly helping add sparkle to the stories.

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