A GERMAN GILT-COPPER MOUNTED COCONUT CUP AND COVER, POSSIBLY NUREMBERG, CIRCA 1550
coconut body and cover carved with three scenes of winged female personifcations of Temperance, Patience and Fidelity, interrupted by plain panels for the straps and accompanied by animals and within Gothic reserves and leafage, the gilt copper mounts, bracketed vase stem and circular moulded foot, engraved with arabesque scrolls, I motifs and strapwork on hatching, male figure with puffed sleeves finial, fitted inside cover with a similarly engraved disc, and engraved cyrillic lettering below the finial
25.2cm., 10in. high
missing one strap mount at upper rim so one strap hangs loose, another strap with small strengthener, large crack in coconut but no losses, finial lacks an attribute from his hand, wear commensurate with age but also generally in good condition and nice colour of gilding,
"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."
Otto F. Ernst, Gold-und Silberschmiedearbeiten 15 -19. Jahrhundert, Wiesbaden, 1969, p. 18, no. 100