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Post Lot Text
THE PLUMENLAGE CUP
A GERMAN PARCEL-GILT CUP AND COVER
MAKER'S MARK ONLY OF EVERT KETTWICK, HAMBURG, CIRCA 1640
On domed lobed foot chased with auricular ornament, the stem formed as a female bacchante holding a bunch of grapes, her drapery, plinth and capital above cold-painted in red, the bowl and cover similarly chased and with cold-painted vase of flowers finial, engraved on rim, marked on foot and cup
The engraving reads 'WEGEN DER PLUMENLAGE, 1649' which translates as For Plumenlage 1649 (now Blumlage in Lower Saxony).
The bouquet and the nymph's robe are coloured by means of cold enamelling also known as 'false' enamelling since it is painted with a resin rather than applied with a glass paste which vitrified during firing. Sadly, this process produces very fragile decoration which disappeared with time and use, and many surviving cups and covers of this period, although now plain silver or silver-gilt, were originally decorated in this manner. Surviving examples retaining such decoration are extremely rare.