Collection

D119900
D119974
D120092

Lidded drinking vessel

Artist
Christoph Jamnitzer
Locality
Nuremberg
Date
1593/1602
Material/Technique
Silver, gilded, polychromed, rock crystal
Dimensions
H. 52.2 cm
Location
Gallery 26
Inventory Number
2000/81.1-2
Epoch
Renaissance

Description

This goblet is unique: the cup and lid form the head of a young black man adorned with a precious headdress. The base of the neck shows an eagle with three crescent moons. The commissioner of this extraordinary goldsmith's work was the Florentine merchant Carlo Albertinelli, who worked in Nuremberg. He had both his family´s coats of arms - the 'Moor's head' of the Pucci family and the eagle of the Strozzi family - transformed into a magnificent drinking vessel for welcoming guests. Around 1600, this type of drinking vessels were known as 'Willkomme' (welcome) and were often figuratively designed with heraldic symbols. The grandiose design gives an idea of why the works of the goldsmith Christoph Jamnitzer were sought after even at the imperial court in Prague. The goblet found its way to the court of the Elector of Saxony in Dresden and is mentioned for the first time in the inventory of the estate of Electress Hedwig from 1642 as 'Trinckgeschirr in gestalt eines Mohrenkopffs' (drinking vessel in the shape of a moor's head).

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