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Lot 47. A continental parcel-gilt mounted coconut cup and cover, maker's mark DH conjoined in a circular surround, town mark a lion rampant to left in a circular surround, late 16th century. Estimate 6,000-7,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's.

the body and cover rims engraved with hatched foliage in strapwork reserves,  mask and helmeted figure forming the straps, on a bracketed vase stem and domed foot cast and chased with fruit and strapwork, warrior figure finial  marked on body, cover and foot; 28cm, 11in. high.

Note: Several Continental European towns used a lion rampant as their silver hallmark, although those with a left-looking animal in a circular surround were fewer. One possibility for the marks on this cup is Luneburg where a maker fitting the initials, Hans Drösemann is recorded before 1591. See: Wolfgang Scheffler, Goldschmiede Niedersachsens, Berlin 1965, no. 109 

Sotheby's. From Earth to Fire, London, 04 May 2017, 10:30 AM