Skip to main content

Cup and cover: MAR.M.53 & A-1912

An image of Cup and cover

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Alternative views

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Rühl, Reinhold




Silver-gilt; lobed columbine-shaped cup and cover on stem formed as a man climbing a tree

Silver-gilt; the spreading circular foot is embossed with a ring of lobes chased with flowers round the central dome, which supports the stem in the shape of a man climbing a creeper round a tree trunk. The columbine-shaped bowl is waisted and heavily embossed with lobes in a band round the rim, and near the base. The lobes are embossed with flowers, including carnations, tulips and daffodils. The similarly decorated cover is surmounted by a silver finial formed as a bunch of flowers.


History note: Unknown before C.B. Marlay

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 38.8 cm
Height: 15¼ in
Weight: 400 g
Weight: 12 : 17 oz : dwt

Place(s) associated

  • Nuremburg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, second half#
1652 CE - 1686 CE


Reinhold Rühl flourished from 1652 until 1686. He died in 1705

The maker's mark has now been identified as Reinhold Rühl, previously known at Reinhold Riel

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of gold
Cover Diameter 9.5 cm Diameter 3¾ in
Body And Cover

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: N
  • Location: On the rim
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Town mark
  • Text: RR
  • Location: On the rim, the foot and the cover
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.53 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 160115
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2024) "Cup and cover" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-05-23 05:11:13

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Cup and cover |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-05-23 05:11:13|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        alt="Cup and cover"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Cup and cover</figcaption>

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...