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Covered cup (Globuspokal)

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This double cup in the form of a globe is a masterpiece of both Renaissance goldsmith's work and cartography. The engraving of the globe is based on the 1578 edition of Abraham Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theater of the World), considered to be the first commercial atlas. Among the...

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Marks

Unmarked

Provenance

Probably Matthaüs Seutter (1678-1756) Augsburg; Probably Carl Seutter, his son, died in 1762; Friederich Seutter von Loetzen; Rüdiger Seutter von Loetzen; Botho Seutter von Loetzen; 1952, private collection, Austria; 2006, sold by private collection to the MFA. (Accession Date: Mary 24, 2006)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously

Swiss (Zurich), Renaissance, about 1580–90

Dimensions

Height: 50.5 cm (19 7/8 in.) Diameter: 16.8 cm (6 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2006.1178

Medium or Technique

Silver, partially gilded

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver