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ID number:  BIRBI-37.6
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  German
Title / Object name:  A Lion Rampant
Object type:  Decorative Art
Place made:  Nuremberg
Culture:  German
Date made:  about 1650
Materials:  Silver gilt
Measurements:  32 cm high
Provenance:  Purchased at the Victor Rothschild Sale, Sotheby's, 26 April 1937, Lot 235, for £550 (with Lot 207)
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This finely crafted lion is in fact a drinking vessel, as the upper part of the head is detachable. Lions were often the subjects of such vessels and, being a heraldic symbol of chivalry and considered a noble animal, their images were certainly popular in noble households. This lion was formed in silver and gilded by an unknown maker in Germany, one of the greatest centres of European silver-smithing at the time. It was purchased at the Victor Rothschild Sale in 1937, along with the unicorn vessel, also in the collection at the Barber.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Maker's mark on base: PS. City mark on base: N.

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