Lot 2490: Two late Hellenistic/early Roman silver cups with flower decoration, 1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D.
October 26, 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: A pair of matching silver beakers. Double-walled construction, outer body and insert made on a lathe. The bottom with centre mark and protruding circle between deep lathing grooves. Bottom minimally domed, with soft curve merging into the almost vertical body bent outwards at the opening with a bulging rim. On the inside of the rim distinct lathing groove. Floral frieze soldered onto the centre of the body: surrounding olive twig with leaves and fruits, chased from gilt sheet silver. On the outside of one cup graffito below the rim: X between two vertical lines. Isolated minimal hairline cracks on the outside and inside. Various small, almost unnoticeable dents. Stained, partly dark patina. Surface thoroughly cleaned from layers of oxides and incrustations, presumably including sections covered with horn silver. Parts of the inside of one cup with small elevations, caused by oxide formation in the space between the double walls. Pair of beakers from an antique service, intact apart from the aforementioned minor flaws. Height 6.6 and 7 cm. Diameter of the rim 11.3 and 11.4 cm. Viennese private collection, acquired in the 1990s from the collection of a former art dealer.
Condition Report: II - III
Notes: Römisches Reich