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Covered beaker

Covered beaker

  • Date:

    late 15th century (made)

  • Museum number:

    2112:2-1855

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Date

late 15th century (made)

Object history note

Basel Exhibition RF.96/1812

Labels and date

COVERED BEAKER
Silver gilt, with enamelled coats of arms on the knop
Swiss (Basle); about 1465-1485
Formerly in the Treasury of Basle Cathedral
The arms depicted are those of Ulrich zum Luft (b.1429; d.1485), councillor of the city of Basle, and those of his wife Magdalena Eberler zum Gruenzweig (b.1450; d.1491). Ulrich zum Luft's father was a goldsmith and financier, and it is possible that the beaker is his work. Ulrich's son, Dr Arnold zum Luft, gave the beaker to the Treasury of Basle Cathedral, where he was a canon. According to the 1585 inventory of the Basle Treasury, the beaker stood on a gilt wood base on the high altar, possibly with relics inside it. Such re-use of pieces made originally for secular purposes was quite common.
With the rest of the Basle Treasure, the beaker was hidden in a cellar in about 1529, at the time of the Reformation, and remained there until 1827. When found, it was all transferred to the Town Hall, and eventually auctioned in 1836. []

Materials

Silver-gilt; Enamel

Techniques

Enamelling

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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