Cup with mounted Turbo marmoratus

Silver-gilt and Turbo marmoratus
Unmarked. Germany, circa 1680
Height 17,5 cm

Description

The Turbo mamoratus, native of the Indian and Pacific oceans, is a shell particularly appreciated in the 16th and 17th centuries because of its exoticism and the quality of the mother-of-pearl.
The goldsmiths transformed these shells into works decorated with sea horses, Tritons and Nereids (Dresden, Grünes Gewölbe, inv. n° IV 118 ; IV 295 ; Écouen, Musée national de la Renaissance, inv. n° E.Cl. 20557). The marine world was an inexhaustible source of inspiration, as shown by the finely carved dolphin that supports this small bowl.
 

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