TWO GERMAN SILVER TUMBLER CUPS, ONE A 'TRINKSPIELE', CHRISTIAN HORNUNG II AND JOHANN WAGNER, AUGSBURG, CIRCA 1680
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TWO GERMAN SILVER TUMBLER CUPS, ONE A 'TRINKSPIELE', CHRISTIAN HORNUNG II AND JOHANN WAGNER, AUGSBURG, CIRCA 1680

Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP

TWO GERMAN SILVER TUMBLER CUPS, ONE A 'TRINKSPIELE', CHRISTIAN HORNUNG II AND JOHANN WAGNER, AUGSBURG, CIRCA 1680

Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Lot Sold:4,375GBP

Lot Details

Description

TWO GERMAN SILVER TUMBLER CUPS, ONE A 'TRINKSPIELE', CHRISTIAN HORNUNG II AND JOHANN WAGNER, AUGSBURG, CIRCA 1680


the first, parcel-gilt with fitted wine game to centre; the other, silver-gilt, with snakeskin decoration

5.2cm., 2in. high

162gr., 5oz. 5dwt. total

Condition Report

Former with a few small dents, latter with small dent to base. Generally very good colour and condition and clear marks.


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Cataloguing

Literature

Otto F. Ernst, Gold-und Silberschmiedearbeiten 15 -19. Jahrhundert, Städtischen Museum, Wiesbaden, 1969, pg. 15, no's. 63 and 66.

Catalogue Note

In the Wiesbaden museum exhibition catalogue it was considered that the fitted cylinder on the inside of the Christian Hornung example was for keeping rings at night. This is possible, but the principal purpose of this rare tumbler cup is as a drinking game. The tumbler looks ordinary but has a purpose built drainage hole in the base hidden when held normally. As wine is poured in, the liquid remains in the cup until it reaches a certain height. If the drinker is a bit greedy and insists on filling it up too high the pressure forces the liquid up the cylinder where there is an evacuation tube which allows the liquid to drain from the hole in the base soaking the drinker with wine. Once started gravity drains all the liquid and the whole process can start again to the great amusement of 17th century drinkers. There is also a gentle moral element typical of 17th century drinking vessels. Moderation!

STYLE: European Silver, Gold Boxes and Ceramics
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