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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Nautilus cup

Overview

Creator: Lorenz Biller (goldsmith)
Creation Date: 
seventeenth century with later additions
Materials: 
Shell, silver gilt, diamonds, emeralds, garnets, sapphires, pink quartz, turquoise
Dimensions: 
30.0 x 8.5 x 17.5 cm
RCIN 
50610
Reference(s): 
XQGCH 1991 162
Acquirer: George IV, King of the United Kingdom (1762-1830), when King of the United Kingdom (1820-30)
Provenance: 
This nautilus cup (one of two in the Royal Collection) was purchased by George IV from Rundell, Bridge & Rundell in December 1826 for £94 10s.
Description:

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.

Further details

Additional Creators: German (nationality)
Category: 
Silver