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Herrengrund Cup with the Legend (c. 1700 Hungary)

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Walpoles

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Graham Walpole
Louis Walpole

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Woolwich Church Street,
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England

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1979

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2004

Description / Expertise

The inscription within the two cartouches of this copper cup explain its history and original appeal. 'Gottes kraft des wassers eigenschaft eisen zu kupfer macht', translates along the lines that God has given this water the property of turning iron into copper and alludes to the method of obtaining copper in the Herrengrund area of present-day Hungary.
Because of the peculiar geological properties of the region, the local water had a high concentration of copper sulphate. Iron scraps were placed in hollows where the water collected and reacted with the copper sulphate to precipitate copper out of solution. The copper either settled as a sludge or formed a crust over the surface of the iron. This gave rise to the legend that the water had mysterious, if not magical, properties. Such cups are often engraved with rhymes or riddles along these lines and some are adorned with small models of miners at work. These puzzle cups were popular throughout Europe from around 1500 to the middle of the 18th century, after which time popular knowledge of chemistry increased and this type of object inevitably became less attractive.
Hungary. circa1700
rim dia 2 7/8th ins. high 1 3/4 ins

Stock Code

1844

Price

gbp 680.00 (Pound Sterling)

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