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Coconut cup: MAR.M.57 & A-1912

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Current Location: Gallery 17 (Flower)


Silversmith: Unknown




Silver-gilt and coconut; rim mount engraved with an eagle, wolf and horse, coconut held by three straps, on a Mannerist stem and foot.

Silver-gilt and coconut; the slightly domed circular base embossed in the Mannerist style with putti sporting in water with sea monsters. The stem comprises a raised boss below a baluster knop, which is embossed with winged grotesques on a matted ground. The calyx is simply engraved to resemble three leaves. Three cast openwork staps contain the coconut and are secured at the top with a Classical cast head of a man. Around the top of the coconut is a broad band engraved with three circles between vignettes of an eagle, wolf and horsbirds amid foliage. The deep rim mount is plain inside, whilst the exterior is engraved with a band of strapwork. The centre of the cover is of coconut shell with a chased silver-gilt border of the heads of putti between birds and scrols. In the centre is a finial of a Classical warrior.


History note: Not known before Charles Brinsley Marlay

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C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 34.9 cm
Height: 13¾ in
Width: 11.3 cm
Width: 4½ in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912-06-18) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


16th Century, Late#
Possibly 1560 - Possibly 1600


The cup is not marked, but was probably made in Germany.

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Components of the work

Surface Of Mounts composed of gold
Mounts composed of silver
Cup composed of coconut

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.57 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 159910
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 6 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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