10 July 2008
A TURNED IVORY CUP
ATTRIBUTED TO THE WORKSHOP OF EGIDIUS LOBENIGK, CIRCA 1585
The cup of bulbous oval form and on a turned baluster stem with rings and oval spreading foot; minor shrinkage cracks
10¾ in. (27.5 cm.) high
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D. Syndram and A. Scherner, Princely Splendor- The Dresden Court 1580-1620, Dresden, 2004, p. 188, no. 81.
G. Laue, Gedrehte Kostbarkeiten - Turned Treasuries, Munich, 2004, pp. 50-51.
The shape, style of carving and the very distinctive off-centred fixing of the baluster stem into the base of the cup offered here is very similar to a group of vessels monogrammed by the ivory turner to the Dresden court, Egidius Lobenigk (active between 1584-1595). The most comparable examples are the oval cup and cover in the Grünes Gewölbe, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Syndram and Scerner, loc. cit.) dated 1586, and another with Georg Laue from the same period (Laue, loc. cit.).
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