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Friedrich Hillebrandt

Bukelpokal or cup and cover c.1596

Silver gilt | 59.0 x 17.0 x 17.0 cm | RCIN 51282

Lantern Lobby, Windsor Castle

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<p>The cup has a high lobed foot mounted with small cast animals – lizards, snails, a tortoise, a beetle, and a scorpion – among plants and shells. The stem is formed from the figure of Mucius Scaevola, carrying a gadrooned shield on his left

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Friedrich Hillebrandt was one of the most versatile and accomplished goldsmiths working in Nuremberg in the late sixteenth century. His surviving works are almost all elaborate drinking vessels for the Kunskammer, which incorporate natural curiosities and ingeniously arranged sculptural figures.

The cup is first recorded in the Royal Collection in 1826 with three other silver objects that were received from the Royal Lodge, Windsor and given to the Yeoman of the Silver Pantries at St James's Palace.