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A Nautilus Cup with Dutch silver-gilt mounts , Jacob Claesz de Grebber, Amsterdam, 1628

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Estimate:

400,000 - 600,000 GBP

This lot is sold pursuant to a settlement agreement between the Heirs of Eugen Gutmann and the Estate of Alexis Gregory

A Nautilus Cup with Dutch silver-gilt mounts , Jacob Claesz de Grebber, Amsterdam, 1628

A Nautilus Cup with Dutch silver-gilt mounts , Jacob Claesz de Grebber, Amsterdam, 1628

Estimate:

400,000 - 600,000 GBP

Lot sold:

1,769,500

GBP

This lot is sold pursuant to a settlement agreement between the Heirs of Eugen Gutmann and the Estate of Alexis Gregory

A Nautilus Cup with Dutch silver-gilt mounts 

Jacob Claesz de Grebber, Amsterdam

1628


modelled as a triumph of the sea, the shaped domed base fitted with Neptune’s bulls, chased with dolphins. fitted base plate engraved Ter dankbaare gedagtenis van I.C.L toege Eygent aan den Ed. Here Veryfel 1743, aroused merman stem astride a monster, straps in the form of pipe blowing figures, surmounted by half man half beast, possibly Nessus triumphantly holding a fish and carrying Deianira, the cover with finial of Neptune on the tail of a sea horse goading it on with his trident, replaced shell, marked on lip mount

40.5cm, 16in high

1444gr, 46oz 6dwt all in

A few small silver-gilt dog teeth at the rim mount of shell are lacking, also lacking a decorative element in the same area which can be seen on the cup in the Heda still life painting, c. 1645. Old repair to rim mount on either side where the mounts meet the flowers below wings of the figure holding fish. The shell has been replaced since the 1995 sale, which itself was not original, and is typical of this type of mounted object. Small losses to the shell behind the fish mount at the back, recent repair to shell at front just below figure holding fish. Repair to wings of sea horse pulling Neptune, split along seam join of tail of sea horse, small repair to base of calyx when it joins stem figure. General condition good, good marks, good colour, exceptional modelling and example.  


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Hugo Verijssel, 1743

with Charles Wertheimer before 1904

Eugen Gutmann, by 1904 and until his death in 1925

Eugen Gutmann Collection administered by Gutmann family trust (Trustenad N.V. of Amsterdam) until 1942

Karl Haberstock and Julius Böhler, Munich 1942-1945. (Gutmann liste no. 79)

Henry Nyburg London, 1946 

Lion Morpurgo, acquired from the above

Morpurgo gallery, Amsterdam, 1983

Joseph Ritman, acquired 1983

Sotheby's Geneva, The Joseph R. Ritman Collection, 15th May 1995, lot 53

Galerie Neuse, Bremen 1995-97

Alexis Gregory, New York

Otto von Falke, Die Kunstsammlung Eugen Gutmann, Berlin, 1912, no 148

https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/falke1912/0060

Weltkunst, vol. 10, 15th may 1983 illus. 1357

Hans-Ulrich Mette, Der Nautiluspokal, Munich, 1995 pp. 168, 169 and 253. Illustrated

Dr Pieter Biesboer, Delfts Zilver, Zwolle, 2020, pp.44 an 54 illus.

Associated Literature:

The Ambonese Curiosity Cabinet/Georgius Everhardus Rumphius; translated, edited, annotated, and with an introduction by E.M.Beekman, London 1999

Karin Leonhard, Shell collecting. On 17th century Conchology, Curiosity Cabinets and still life paintings, Early modern zoology: The construction of animals in Science, Literature and the Visual arts, 2007

Fritz van Dulm, Zonder eigen gewinne en Glorie, Hilversum, 2012, p. 54, footnote 96 for information on Hugo Verijssel

Simon Goodman, The Orpheus Clock: the search for my family’s art treasures stolen by the Nazis, 2015


Der Kaiser-Friedrich-Museums, Berlin, 1906 no. 314
De wereld binnen handbereik,
Historich Museum, Amsterdam, 25th June-11th October 1992, cat 107 illustrated