Ostrich egg drinking cup with cover surmounted by a standing figure of an antique warrior.

Ostrich egg cup and cover, late 19th century

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Once regarded as the work of the German silversmith Hans Petzoldt (1551-1633), this cup and cover are now known to date from the late 19th century. Exotic objects like ostrich eggs were treasured by collectors in the 16th and 17th centuries. In the late 19th century, these rarities were prized so highly that a market for fakes sprang up.

Details
Title
Ostrich egg cup and cover
Artist Life
1551-1633
Role
Artist
Dimension
19 1/2 in. (49.53 cm) (H.)
Accession Number
53.4a,b
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Ostrich egg drinking cup with cover surmounted by a standing figure of an antique warrior.