5 July 2000
A DUTCH SILVER WAGER CUP
Maker's mark of Gerrit Valck, Amsterdam, 1651
Formed as a lady in a dress repoussé with fruit, foliage and scrolls to simulate embroidery, the reverse panel engraved with scrolling flowers and foliage simulating stitching, the figure with her left arm on her waist, her right arm raised to support a cup above, wearing a high collar with ruff, the swivel cup above similarly engraved and on caryatid supports terminating in rosettes, the plain hem engraved with initials 'IMR', marked on hem and with later Dutch control marks on hem and swivel cup
7 in. (18 cm.) high
Weight 5 oz. (155 gr.)
Sir Julius Wernher, 1st Bt. (1850-1912), Bath House, London, in the Red Room, by whom bequeathed, with a life interest to his widow, Alice, Lady Wernher, subsequently Lady Ludlow (1862-1945), to their son
Sir Harold Wernher, 3rd Bt., G.C.V.O. (1893-1973), Bath House, London, and from 1948, Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, and by descent.
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1913 Bath House Inventory, p. 38, no. 210, in the Red Room, in the 'showcase to the left of the fireplace'.
1914 Wernher Inventory, p. 38, no. 198.
A windmill cup by Gerrit Valck, 1638, in the Schroder Collection, London, has very similar chasing to the bowl (T. Schroder, The Art of the European Goldsmith: Silver from the Schroder Collection, New York, 1983, app. no. 13).
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