Lot 70. A German parcel-gilt silver beaker, Jonas Silber, Nuremberg, circa 1572-1576; 8.5cm., 3 1/4 in. high; 180gr., 5oz. 16dwt. Estimate 3,000 — 5,000 GBP. Lot sold 15,000 GBP. © Sotheby's 2017

fitted with male and female portrait medallions enclosed by engraved hatched arabesques, embossed with lobes above leaf chased foot.

NoteAn identical beaker, probably the example here, is illustrated by Karin Tebbe et al. Nürnberger Goldschmiedekunst 1541-1868, Germanischen Nationalmuseums, Nuremberg, 2007, no. 844 [1], where the cataloguers record that the profile medallions are after specifically referenced engravings by Virgil Solis (1514-1562).

Sotheby's. From Earth to Fire, London, 4 May 2017