Description This beautiful ceremonial cup for wine is made of gilded silver, combining the aesthetic qualities of gold with the greater strength of silver. The undulating, embossed shapes that seem drawn from the underwater world are characteristic of Johannes Lutma, one of the greatest Dutch silversmiths. They also convey the aesthetics of the wider European baroque, reminding us that the initial use of "baroque" was for an irregular but lustrous pearl. Such a cup would be displayed when not in use.
|10/23/1979||Examination||examined for condition; examined for loan|
- Four Centuries of Dutch Silver. The Hague Municipal Museum, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague. 1952.
- All that Glisters: Thirty Centuries of Golden Deception. Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, New York. 1950.
- Art of Europe XVI-XVII. Worcester Art Museum, Worcester. 1948.
- World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
- The Proud Republic: Dutch Medals of the Golden Age. The Frick Collection, New York. 1997.
- A Collector's Cabinet. National Gallery of Art, Washington. 1998.
- Art and Home: Dutch Interiors in the Age of Rembrandt. The Newark Museum, Newark; Denver Art Museum, Denver. 2001-2002.
- Kwab. Dutch Design in the Age of Rembrandt. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam. 2018.
Provenance Purchased by Raoul Heilbronner, Paris; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Stamp] Date for 1639: H within a circle; [Stamp] Town mark of Amsterdam; [Maker's mark] Plain shield with a heart
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911
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