5 July 2000
A GERMAN SILVER-GILT CUP
Augsburg, circa 1630, maker's mark probably that of Hieronymus Imhof
On circular spreading foot chased with a band of lobes, the raised centre with fruit and scrolls, the vase-shaped stem cast and chased with masks and with beaded scroll brackets, the tapering bowl repoussé and chased with a broad band of cherubs' masks on matted ground within scroll cartouches, with drapery festoons and fruit between, engraved beneath with initial 'S', marked on base and body, also struck with early-nineteenth-century Austrian control marks and later French control marks
8½ in. (31.5 cm.) high
Weight 8 oz. (270 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. 661, in the safe.
1914 Wernher Inventory, p. 90, no. 445.
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