Antiques - Miscellaneous / Silver Works
Reference: Z5957

German cup in silver. XIX century
It is made entirely in silver, and decorated with patterns in relief, round, engraved and chiseled. It is directly inspired by similar pieces made in sixteenth-century Germany, in full Mannerism. This is due to the importance that the Germanic silverware had in this century; The German and Central European craftsmen in general will create for the collector's cabinets very rich pieces designed to be shown and not used, the greatest example of virtuosity and ornamental richness of the Mannerist silverware. One of the most recognizable typologies of Germanic Mannerist silverware will be this type of tall cup, with a differentiated sub-cup cylindrical container and large lid. These are functional or ornamental cups, according to the richness and abundance of their decoration. This decorative profusion, combining all kinds of motifs, is key in the Mannerist silverware, and came to the point of replacing parts of the structure for decorative reasons, as we see here in the shaft, composed of a vase, and the knob, with the round-shaped figure of a young classical warrior.
The main reason for this design is the embossed ribs, which take the form of oval cajeados and are separated by baquetones with parallel transverse lines. We see them in the subcoat, the painter and the cap, although they also appear on the foot, although simplified, without boxes or baquetones. The piece stands on a circular base with a flat and smooth base, with two profusely decorated cupola steps: uprights and interlaced braces, with flowers and classic masks below, typical motifs of the Mannerist ornamental background. The shaft, as we have mentioned, takes the form of a vase decorated with large tornapuntas as ribs, topped by bird heads. The container has a cylindrical shape, with a high relief cubcopa, decorated with embossed bricks, again a typical motif of Mannerist silverware. The upper part, under the mouth, also goes outwards, although its decoration of gallons is simple enough so as not to eclipse the delicate and meticulous engraving of embossing and chiseling of the central area. In it we see two oval posters that house the representations of two gods of classical mythology: Bacchus, serving wine in a glass on a landscape background with houses, and Mercury, running in a wooded landscape. Between both cartels are placed classic masks of great ornamental richness. Finally the lid is dome, with curled perimeter and stepped structure. The knob is sculptural and represents a young classical warrior, perhaps the god Mars.
Weight: 1742 gr. (Presents counterweight at the base)"

· Size: 10x10x33 cms.

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