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Coconut Cup with Gilded Dolphin Base, Germany, 19th Century. Estimated 1,400.00 €. Not sold. Photo Auctionata

The coconut cup is held by a triple cut out base of three gilded dolphins. The cup is adorned with pearl-shaped applications. It originates from Germany from the 19th century. Western European goldsmiths crafted precious and fanciful drinking vessels from Central and South America imported ‘Indian’ nuts since the second half of the 16th century.

The coconut cup is in good preservation. It is 29 cm in total height. ™

Auctionata. Cabinet of Curiosities. Dec 9, 2014, 12 pm EST, Berlin.