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Post Lot Text
A GERMAN SILVER-GILT MOUNTED NAUTILUS CUP
MAKER'S MARK OF ELIAS ADAM, AUGSBURG, 1711-1715
On spreading oval gadrooned foot with a band of foliage and scrolls on matted ground, the stem formed as Neptune (trident missing) holding the nautilus, the straps engraved with flower heads and terminating on the spiral with a large acanthus leaf, capped with a triton, marked on foot and with assay scrape
A similar nautilus shell dated 1720 with the same stem and mounts was sold, Sotheby's Geneva, 18th May 1992, lot 100. The mounts on that example indicate that the present nautilus shell is probably a replacement and the mounts adapted to fit.