1 June 1999
A fine German silver parcel-gilt Kiddush cup
Maker's mark of Johann Carl Stiebeldey (Rosenberg nr. 251 and nr. 908), Augsburg, 1745-47
Set on a circular domed base with spreading edge chased with floral ornament, a hexagonal knopped stem, the octagonal bowl chased with floral motifs and gilt inside, a Hebrew inscription relating to Shabbat engraved along the slightly spreading lip.
13.5cm. (5 3n.) high
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Chaya Benjamin, The Stieglitz Collection, Masterpieces of Jewish Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1987, p. 94, nr. 59 (for similar Kiddush cup by the same maker, illustrated).
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