This elegant rock crystal cup follows in the celebrated Milanese tradition of hardstone carving, exemplified by works executed by the Miseroni family of lapidarians, as well as the Saracchi workshop, who were active in the second half of the 16th century and first half of the 17th century. Compare the rearing dragon head handles with those on a Milanese late 16th/ early 17th-century rock crystal pot à bouquet in the musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no. MR 339). The scrolling arabesques, elaborated with dots, are typical of rock crystal carving from the period, whilst the shape is analagous to a Nef also in the Louvre attributed to the Miseroni workshop (inv. no. MR 276).