Description & Technical information

The present beaker presents a very interesting type of drinking vessel from South Germany of the late Renaissance (sixteenth century). The cylindrical corpus is tapering towards the lower side and is smoothly polished.

Elegant adornment is the artistically etched rim with a Moresque strapwork frieze on a silver-gilt background (inside and outside of the rim), as well as a silver-gilt ring below with diamond-shapes frieze. The beaker has a round base and is raised on three cast, gilt cherub heads.
The beaker has in German the name “Stauf” from the old Germanic “Staupa”. It represents a popular type of drinking vessel used to express splendor. Since the Middle Ages, there existed different types of drinking beakers for enjoying the many different drinks. Next to big glass beakers and stone jugs, one meets this type of big beakers, the so-called Stauf. The beaker was getting bigger in height. The base of this type of beakers is standing often on three feet, which could take many forms (e.g. pomegranate, camel or cherub heads like on the present beaker).

Date:  1580
Period:  16th Century, 1400-1600
Origin:  Germany
Medium: silver, Parcel-Gilt
Signature: Marks: German ca 1580

Categories: Silver