17th Century & Flemish Paintings Gallery Level 2, NGV International
On shaped base, chased bosses, central stem section cast pineapple knop, upper section three cast brackets.
Franz Vischer was a prominent silversmith working in Nuremburg who played a leading role in the revival of the Gothic style in the early seventeenth century. Made at the beginning of the seventeenth century, when the influence of classicising Renaissance ornament was being felt in Europe, the cup is decorated with swirling lobes typical of the fifteenth-century Gothic style, which remained popular long after other Gothic ornament had vanished. Decorative covered cups were used on ceremonial occasions and also as objects for display on a buffet.