A GERMANIC GILT-COPPER MOUNTED COCONUT CUP AND COVER, UNMARKED, CIRCA 1590
the circular domed base rising to a vase stem, straps, shoulder and lip mounts, the detachable cover surmounted by naked female on a globe with dolphins, engraved throughout with hatched arabesque foliage interrupted by male profile masks
32cm., 12½in high
unmarked. The gilding is worn in some places slightly with copper showing through. Engraving is crisp to the upper rims and cover, less so to the stem and foot. The coconut body is in good condition as is the cover. The finial is a little loose but could possibly be tightened. There is a split to one side of on of the upper strap junctions. The locking pin handle to the underside is bent. Generally very good 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
This type of hatched floral ornament interrupted by profile medallions was fashionable around the 1580’s. See for example a beaker dated 1587, in Rudolf-Alexander Schütte, Die Silberkammer der Landgrafen von Hessen-Kassel, Staatliche Museen Kassel, 2003, p. 116