Two-Handled Cup and Cover
Marked by Samuel Margas, free 1715, active in 1733
33.5 x 32.2 x 18 cm (13 3/16 x 12 11/16 x 7 1/16 in.) Weight: 2.579.9 gm (82 oz 19 dwt)
Medium or Technique
Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)
The raised bell-shaped body rests on a domed, stepped foot. The foot is raised in several sections and chased with a broad band of basket weave. There is a heavy wire foot rim. The smooth body of the cup is divided at the middle by a horizontal molded wire. Above it are applied cast lambrequins, and beneath it alternating lambrequins and satyr's masks. A coat of arms is engraved in the central cartouch on each side. The harp-shaped handles, cast in two pieces and seamed vertically, are surmounted by scrolls. The domed, stepped cover is assembled from three raised sections joined by cast wires and moldings. There is a cast band of gadrooning around the rim, a row of bedflowers around the midsection, and a dome decorated with chased guilloche above. The whole is surmounted by a spherical finial cast in two vertical sections. There is a crack in the cover where two sections were joined. The dark gilding covers the inside of the foot and has presumably been renewed, but the burnishing marks and engraver's scribings are still visible.