Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Cup

Cup

  • Place of origin:

    Nuremberg (made)

  • Date:

    1580-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jamnitzer, Wenzel, born 1507 - died 1585 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Museum number:

    150-1872

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 25

This cup once belonged to the Nuremburg Goldsmiths Corporation. It has been attributed to the workshop of Wenzel Jamnitzer. Apprentice goldsmiths applying for master-goldsmith status usually had to make a trial piece of work, or 'masterpiece', that met an agreed standard of workmanship. From 1531 until 1572 Nuremberg apprentices were required to make a columbine cup (named after its resemblance to the columbine flower), a gold ring set with a precious stone and a steel seal die. In some guilds apprentices or journeymen were not allowed to marry until their masterpieces had been accepted. Otherwise, they were subject to fines. If a masterpiece was refused, applicants could continue as journeymen working for other goldsmiths. They could also try to persuade a master to submit their work under his hallmark, although this defied guild regulations.

Physical description

The body in the form of 6 lobes in the upper part, tapering downwards, and alternating with 6 smaller lobes in the lower part tapering upwards, with repousse ornament of strapwork, flora, and figures of Diana, Lucretia, and Judith.

Place of Origin

Nuremberg (made)

Date

1580-1600 (made)

Artist/maker

Jamnitzer, Wenzel, born 1507 - died 1585 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Object history note

Purchase - A. Pickert, Nuremberg (£150). This cup belonged to the Nuremburg Goldsmiths Corporation until 1868. It was acquired in 1871 in Nuremburg by Henry Cole.

Sir Wyatt report in register. Acquired with 614-1872 and 573-1872.

Descriptive line

Cup, silver with repousse ornament of strapwork, flora, and figures of Diana, Lucretia, and Judith, by Wenzel Jamnitzer, Nuremberg, 1580-1600

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

“Die Ungarischen Bieziehungen Des Glockenblumenpokals” Mihalik.S. Acta Historiae Artium Tom. VI 1959
Gold and Silversmiths work, Pg. 130, John Hungerford Pollen, Chapman and Hall 1879
Nürnberger Goldschmiedekunst. 1541-1868. Band I. Meister, Werke, Marken. 2 parts. Nuremberg (Verlag des Germanischen Nationalmuseums) 2007. Part I, no. 249/05; part II, p. 798, ill. 251

Labels and date

Silver Gallery:
This cup once belonged to the Nuremburg Goldsmiths Corporation. and has been attributed to the workshop of Wenzel Jamnitzer. Apprentice goldsmiths applying for master-goldsmith status usually had to make a trial piece of work, or 'masterpiece' meeting an agreed standard of workmanship. From 1531 until 1572 Nuremberg apprentices were required to make a columbine cup, named after its resemblance to the columbine flower, a gold ring set with a precious stone and a steel seal die. In some guilds apprentices or journeymen were not allowed to marry until their masterpieces had been accepted, otherwise they were subject to fines. If a masterpiece was refused, applicants could continue as journeymen working for other goldsmiths or they could try to persuade a master to submit their work under their hallmark, although this defied guild regulations. [26/11/2002]
CUP
Silver
Unmarked
South German (probably Nuremberg); about 1570
This cup once belonged to the Nuremberg goldsmiths' guild and was probably made by an apprentice or journeyman as a 'masterpiece' to gain admission as a 'master' to the guild. The columbine form was one of the standard types used for such 'masterpieces' in the 16th century []

Materials

Silver

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.