Georgian Silver Mounted Coconut Cup, c. 1770

c. 1770
silver and coconut shell with reeded rim, on three short cabriole legs with hoof feet and shell headers
11 x 11 cm
$ 450

Nowadays our coconut water might be essential to your sense of well being, but the sheer exoticism and rarity of the coconut in mediaeval times gave it supernatural qualities, one of which was the belief that a cup made of the shell would neutralise poison. Many a princely collection featured richly mounted coconut cups and covers in their display of silver and gold treasure. In the rational 18th century, the age of discovery, they still held a fascination and became fashionable drinking vessels, with pretty silver mounts usually unmarked.


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