A GERMANIC GILT-COPPER MOUNTED COCONUT CUP AND COVER, UNMARKED, CIRCA 1580
the circular domed base rising to a vase stem, straps, shoulder and lip mounts, the detachable cover with flat finial engraved with a coat-of-arms and inscribed Klas/GVOterr, engraved throughout with hatched arabesque foliage interrupted by male profile masks
29.1cm., 11½in. high
unmarked. Gilding is good throughout with no sign of copper showing through. The whole does not quite sit flat on an even surface. The cover fits very loosely to the body. No obvious issues with the coconut body. Engraving crisp throughout. The finial leans slightly. Overall good condition for age and object type.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
‘Spetchley Park -I. Worcestershire, The Seat of Mr. R. V. Berkeley', Country Life, 8 July 1916, p. 45, illustrated in the Drawing Room;
Inventory, 1949, 'COCONUT CUPS, heavy parcel gilt mounts and covers, Augsberg' in the Strong Room