A nautilus cup with silver-gilt and jewelled mounts. The elaborately pierced and foliate cap is studded with jewels and terminates in a bacchic mask. The stem is cast in the form of a kneeling figure of Atlas, on an embossed oval base inlaid with two garnets and two water sapphires.
ProvenanceThis nautilus cup (one of two in the Royal Collection) was purchased by George IV from Rundell, Bridge & Rundell in December 1826 for £94 10s.
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