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A RENAISSANCE-STYLE JEWELLED AND ENAMELLED GOLD-MOUNTED ROCK-CRYSTAL CUP AND COVER
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A RENAISSANCE-STYLE JEWELLED AND ENAMELLED GOLD-MOUNTED ROCK-CRYSTAL CUP AND COVER

DESIGNED BY REINHOLD VASTERS, AACHEN, CIRCA 1870

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A RENAISSANCE-STYLE JEWELLED AND ENAMELLED GOLD-MOUNTED ROCK-CRYSTAL CUP AND COVER
Designed by Reinhold Vasters, Aachen, circa 1870
On oval spreading base carved with scrolling foliage sprays, the mount set with alternate triple and single ruby collets, on black and white enamel strapwork ground, the fluted baluster stem with similar knops, the broadly fluted oval bowl carved with cherubs' heads, scrolling foliage and baskets of flowers, the similarly enamelled border set with single ruby collets at intervals, the lobed domed cover with similar border to the foot and finial formed as a figure wielding a club above two kneeling figures, possibly representing Hercules and Cacus, with brass-bound oak and velvet-lined storage case with printed label '67/ER/7-1'
the cup and cover, 137/8 in. (35.3 cm.) high
Provenance
As lot 1.
Rothschild inv. no. E.de R.290.
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Lot Essay

Eight designs for details on this cup and cover by Reinhold Vasters are in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. These designs are for the base, the lower and upper knops with details of ornamental bands, the rim-mount and the cover, and also the finial.

This cup and cover is also similar in form, except for the broad flutes of the body, to a cup and cover formerly in the Benjamin Altman Collection, and now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, for which the Vasters' design survives in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (see Y. Hackenbroch, 'Reinhold Vasters, Goldsmith', Metropolitan Museum Journal, Vol. 19-20, 1984-5, pp. 226-7, figs. 130-1).
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