An important Charles I silver mounted coconut cup; the oldest known Edinburgh example by Andrew Denneiston with deacon mark of John Scott, three marks below an assay scrape; AD, castle, IS circa 1637-39
Lot 212
An important Charles I silver mounted coconut cup; the oldest known Edinburgh example
by Andrew Denneiston with deacon mark of John Scott, three marks below an assay scrape; AD, castle, IS circa 1637-39
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 21,258) inc. premium
Auction Details
The Scottish Sale
Edinburgh
16 Apr 2014 11:00 BST

Auction 21870
An important Charles I silver mounted coconut cup; the oldest known Edinburgh example by Andrew Denneiston with deacon mark of John Scott, three marks below an assay scrape; AD, castle, IS circa 1637-39 An important Charles I silver mounted coconut cup; the oldest known Edinburgh example by Andrew Denneiston with deacon mark of John Scott, three marks below an assay scrape; AD, castle, IS circa 1637-39
Lot Details
An important Charles I silver mounted coconut cup; the oldest known Edinburgh example
by Andrew Denneiston with deacon mark of John Scott, three marks below an assay scrape; AD, castle, IS circa 1637-39
The polished coconut body on silver baluster stem and flaring foot, encased by three vertical reeded bowed straps attached with rivets, the foot engraved with two tulips, the silver shoulder band extending to everted rim and engraved with two sections of text; the first monogramed 'EMS' and initials 'NBES', the second 'MAK HIM STAKER ROB GIB', height 20.2cm.

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:

    The collection of Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor. Thence by descent.

    This cup is believed to be the earliest known Edinburgh example of a coconut cup. The dating of the cup can be fairly precisely stated as Scott only served as deacon for two years, 1637-9.

    The Macgregor family hold an undated document that comments 'Coco Nut Cup with a silver edge bearing the inscription "Mak him Staker", Rob Gib!" - presented to Hector Bannatyne of Kames, by his born companion Holiburton(?) of Petcur(?). - Rob Gib was, ? court buffoon in the reign of King James 6.'


    EXHIBITED:

    Silver: Made in Scotland, National Museums Scotland, 2008


    LITERATURE:

    Scottish Gold and Silver Work, by Ian Finlay revised and Edited by Henry Fothringham, The Strong Oak Press, 1991, p95
    'The earliest Edinburgh coconut cup is in the collection of Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor.' noted as being 'elaborate' in comparison to other examples. Finlay also notes the tulip engraved to the foot as 'a motive which..became popular later in the century with the engravers of quaichs.'


    Compendium of Scottish Silver, Volume 1, by Rodney R. Dietert, and Janice M. Dietert, The Internet First University Press Cornell University 2006. p170


    Silver Made in Scotland, by George Dalgleish and Henry Steuart Fotheringham, National Museums of Scotland, 2008, p42
    'The expressions "Mak him staker" and "Rob Gib" refer to Rob Gibb, fool to James VI. The saying "Rob Gibb's contract" conveyed expressions of conviviality and pledges of faithfulness.'


    The Castles of Mary, Queen of Scots: Being a Historical Description of Every Castellated Erection which Formed a Residence or a prison to that Queen by Charles Mackie, 3rd Edition, London: Thomas Tegg and Son. Richard Griffin and Co. Glasgow, 1835, p21
    'Upon one occasion the King was please to enjoy the foolery of Rob, and he accordingly installed him on his throne, to observe how he would conduct himself as sovereign.' and 'the King who enjoyed a good jest gave him a grant of a small estate in the Parish of Linlithgow'.
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