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Cup and cover

  • Place of origin:

    Nuremberg (made)

  • Date:

    1609-1623 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wolff, Tobias (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-gilt, chased, raised and cast

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Mr. Eric Miller through The Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 14 []

Physical description

Silver gilt (re-gilt) pineapple cup and cover, lobed body on tree stem with man, surmounted by cut open-work floral finial, axeman has lost his axe, spiral twisted wire surrounding trunk.

Place of Origin

Nuremberg (made)


1609-1623 (made)


Wolff, Tobias (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver-gilt, chased, raised and cast

Marks and inscriptions

Nuremberg hallmark (BZ13)
marked on rim of foot, lip of cup and one of the lobes of the lid

maker's mark of Tobias Wolff (MZ989)


Height: 28.60 cm, Length: 7.50 cm, Width: 6.70 cm

Object history note

Stem has been replaced.
Tobias Wolf was first mentioned in the list of goldsmiths as a silver-worker in 1586, and appears for the last time in 1620 - see bibliography.

Descriptive line

Pineapple cup and cover, silver-gilt, Nuremberg, Tobias Wolff, 1609-1623

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hampe, Theodor. Nürnberger Ratsverlässe. Quellenschrift für Kunstgeschichte II (1904) No. 1800. Note I.
Nürnberger Goldschmiedekunst. 1541-1868. Band I. Meister, Werke, Marken. 2 parts. Nuremberg (Verlag des Germanischen Nationalmuseums) 2007. Part I, p. 458, MZ989, no. 09.

Labels and date

Silver Gallery:
The stem of this 'grape' cup has been repaired and it is possible that it is a replacement. The gilding is much stronger than on the rest of the cup and the spiral tendril is probably new. [26/11/2002]

Production Note

date based upon use of hallmark and year of maker's death




Raising; Chasing; Casting

Subjects depicted

Pineapple; Axes (tools); Grapes; Tree-stump; Flowers (bouquets); Male figure


Metalwork; Drinking


Metalwork Collection

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