A late 16th/early 17th century Dutch silver-gilt mounted "turban" shell nautilus cup and associated cover,
Utrecht, date letter "K", possibly 1605, maker's mark three lozenges in a shield, for Eersten (Ernst) Jansz van Vianen, cover unmarked,
the interior upper band applied with a salamander having a protruding tongue and attempting to lure a lobster opposite, the outer band engraved/etched with trailing foliage and a pierced and engraved stiff leaf and arc border below, the shell is secured with three hinged straps, central strap with lion mask upper mount above two entwined dolphins, side mounts modelled as a caryatid above female mask motifs, central column with bead-capped scroll mounts, above an oval pierced and engraved flange, on an oval base embossed with winged cherub masks and fruit motifs within entwined scroll decoration on a matted ground, egg and dart border, the associated cover of ovoid form, central terminal (a.f), oval disc mount with engraved and drilled fluted decoration, embossed with foliate scrolls on a matted ground, plain outer rim, height including cover 19cm, without cover 15.5cm.
- Please note that the maker has been identified as Jan Sael van Vianen, 1605. We are grateful to Dr Louise E. van den Bergh-Hoogterp for the assistance in cataloguing this lot.