19 May 1997,
Price realised CHF 25,300
CHF 15,000 - CHF 20,000
A FINE CONTINENTAL PARCEL-GILT BEAKER
Second half of the 16th Century, probably Upper Rhine or Switzerland, apparently unmarked
On spreading circular base resting on three pomegranate feet with applied spiral stems and cast and chased with masks, fruit and vacant cartouches, the plain bowl with gilt rim above a moulded band and engraved with scrolling foliage
11 cm. (4½ in.) high
203 gr. (6 oz.)
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Cf. Gruber, A., Weltiches Silber, Bern, 1977, no. 41 for a similar late 16th Century cup from Sion.
The upper rim is possibly after engravings by Virgil Solis (1514-1562). The silver-gilt band on the base is after Etienne Delaune.
Valérie Hess on the erotic — and semi-autobiographical — sculpture considered a masterpiece of the artist's late career
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