drinking cup carved in the form of a nautilus shell

Drinking cup, c. 1600


Nuremberg goldsmith Jörg Ruel specialized in creating silver and silver gilt mounts for natural curiosities and precious materials. This red agate stone, carved like a shell, forms the cup of an elaborate drinking vessel adorned with a golden nereid riding two dolphins and a shrieking head of a sea monster.



Ruel, Agate drinking cup (#827)
Drinking cup
Artist Life
(Nuremberg), active c.1598–c. 1625
Accession Number
Maximilian von Goldschmidt-Rothschild, Palais Rothschild, Frankfurt am Main (until 1938, inv. 1938, no. G.R. 668, in "Great Hall;" forced sale, November 11 1938, to city of Frankfurt under National Socialist persecution)[1]; City of Frankfurt am Main (1938–49, transferred, February 26, 1949, to museum)[2]; Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt am Main (1949; restitution, May 16, to the heirs of Maximilian von Goldschmidt-Rothschild)[3]; heirs of Maximilian von Goldschmidt-Rothschild (from 1949). [Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York, until 1953; sold, for $2,800, to Mia] [4] NOTES -[1] Copy of the contract of sale between M. von Goldschmidt-Rothschild and the City of Frankfurt of November 11, 1938, Institut für Stadtgeschichte Frankfurt am Main, Rechneiamt IV/2, fol. 29r-30r [see Wagner K and Weiler 2023] -[2] G.R.668 as per taxation list (1938). -[3] H. Bräutigam acknowledges in a list all objects returned by the city (Lfd. Nr. 1-1443), Hessisches Hauptstaatsarchiv Wiesbaden, 1 Wik 7405/06, vol. II. -[4] MS.065 Rosenberg & Stiebel Archive. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
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drinking cup carved in the form of a nautilus shell