Truncated cone cup with an enamelled decoration...

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Truncated cone cup with an enamelled decoration...

Truncated cone cup with an enamelled decoration of a scene of courteous banter in an interior, the
finely chiselled gilt vermeil borders of volutes and censers on an amati background, the circular base encircles
with gadroons (three shocks to the cup, two chips to the enamel and very light galling under the frame).
Master goldsmith: Esaias III Busch, received Master in 1704.
Enamel painter: Johann Jacob Priest, received Master in 1688.
Augsburg, early 18th century.
Top. : 9,7 cm - Diameter : 8 cm - Gross weight : 220 g

Augsbourg, a great centre of goldsmithing for centuries, was inspired at the end of the 17th century by the shapes of the Parisian goldsmiths of the Court of Louis XIV. The Bérain-style decoration on the lip of our goblet bears witness to this. If the foreign influence is apparent, the Augsburg taste for colour can be found here thanks to the talent of great enamellers such as Johann Aufenwerth active between 1693 and 1728 or Johann Jakob I Priester, the painter of our object. This famous enameller, active between 1688 and 1726, joined forces with the work of goldsmiths to sublimate these luxurious objects. Treating biblical subjects, antiques or rustic landscapes, it is thanks to the mise en abyme that he operates between the object and the scene, that he is successful.

A maid serves wine on a table, while another is about to pour it to a man busy seducing a courtesan. On the other side, a young woman is offered a gift by her suitor. In front of them, the faithful little dog of the household watches. The wine, love potion or corrupter is at the heart of the scene depicted, thus recalling the object that supports it.
This representation of a meeting house is a frequent theme in the genre scenes of the Northern schools in the 17th century, and can be found in Peter de Hooch, Jan Steen and Johannes Vermeer. The success of this subject is due to the representation of an ephemeral pleasure, sometimes guilty but always with a moralizing impact.

The museum in Écouen has an identical cup in its enamel decoration but set in a simpler gilt frame by the goldsmith Phillip Stenglin. This goblet, bequeathed by the Rothschild family, appears in the book "Décorations, mobilier et objets d'art du musée du Louvre" on page 219. It forms a pair with another goblet with the same frame but with a slightly different decoration.

A similar goblet sold in Munich by the Neumeister auction house on 4 July 2018 under lot no. 39, and reproduced in the antique trade gazette of 6 August 2018.
 
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