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Beaker and cover

Beaker and cover

  • Place of origin:

    Nuremburg (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1470 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, parcel-gilt and enamel

  • Museum number:

    753:1, 2-1891

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 7 []

The ornamental band on this beaker shows Gothic foliage and intertwined animals. Medieval borders of manuscripts and stone carvings in churches often included animals observed from nature. A page holding a shield with the arms of Nuremberg forms the finial.

Physical description

Tapering cylindrical beaker, with pierced band of Gothic foliage and animals on body, the moulded foot with croketed band supported by three lions seated, the lid with man holding shield of arms of Nuremberg in red and black enamel, the inside cover and the base with engraved shields.

Place of Origin

Nuremburg (made)


ca. 1470 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver, parcel-gilt and enamel


Diameter: 11.5 cm foot, Height: 29.6 cm, Length: 14 cm

Object history note

Ex Londesborough. Arms of Nuremburg in red and black enamel restored by Elkington's- central band surely and possibly bands of fleur de lys. The rest seems ok.
BM Exhibition RF.2001/605
Neg no.: GH 3350; JC 281; V 153. CT no.: CT 6062

Descriptive line

Beaker and cover, pierced band of Gothic foliage and animals on body, man holding shield of arms of Nuremberg on lid, Nuremberg, ca. 1470

Labels and date

Silver parcel-gilt, with enamelled escutcheons bearing the arms of Nuremberg.
South German (Nuremberg); late 15th century []




Parcel-gilded; Enamelled

Subjects depicted



Metalwork; Drinking


Metalwork Collection

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