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Post Lot Text
GERMAN PARCEL-GILT TRICK DRINKING CUP (TRINKSPIEL)
MAKER'S MARK OF DIRICH UTERMARKE, HAMBURG, CIRCA 1630 AND WITH HIS MARK ASSAYMASTER'S MARK (1617-1635)
On circular waisted foot, chased with a band of plain lobes interspersed with strapwork, the knop above chased with putto masks, the reservoir with strapwork on matted ground and applied with six canon-shaped 'straws', one capped by a female bust tap, the stem with beaded scroll brackets, the similarly chased cover with a finial emblematic of Hospitality rising from caryatid and scrolling foliage brackets, engraved on body and cover with initials GW beneath a crown, marked on foot
Dirich Utermarke was born in Luneburg in 1565 where his father was a serving member of the Council. He moved to the south of Germany to complete his apprenticeship and worked as a journeyman before returning north to settle in Hamburg as a master in 1599 where he produced major pieces. Over a thirty year working life, he supplied among others the Landgrave of Hesse, the Duke of Saxony, the Duke of Luneburg and the King of Denmark (see H. Schliemann, Die Goldschmiede Hamburgs, Hamburg, 1985, vol.2, no.123, pp. 60-65).
Although how this cup subsequently came in to Duke Georg Wilhelm's possession is not recorded, it is possible, based on the present weight of this cup, that it is the one recorded in a list of items supplied by Utermake, as:
1632 7.5 >>pro detto, so dem Cantzler D.
Heideman auff seiner dochter
which loosely translates as 1 cup for Chancellor D. Heideman on his daughter's wedding (H. Schliemann, op.cit., p.64).