5 July 2000
A GERMAN SILVER-GILT CUP AND COVER
Nuremberg, circa 1600, maker's mark HB conjoined in a circle
On circular spreading foot chased with band of matting and lobes, the vase-shaped hexafoil stem with lobes at the shoulders and applied grotesque mask scroll brackets, the ovoid bowl repoussé and chased with plain elongated lobes between flowers, shells, scrolls and strapwork on matted ground, with moulded band above, the cover similarly repoussé and chased, the raised centre with flowers and strapwork and finial formed as Prudence, on waisted plinth, marked on base, bowl and cover
12½ in. (31.8 cm.) high
Weight 19 oz. (603 gr.)
Sir Julius Wernher, 1st Bt. (1850-1912), Bath House, London, 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. 133, no. 658, in the safe.
The unidentified maker's mark HB conjoined (Rosenberg, op. cit. III, no. 4096) is recorded on a number of cups dating from the first half of the seventeenth century in the Patriarch's Treasury and the Armoury, Moscow.
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