From the August/September 2017 Issue

Cultured Living-Drinking Cup

Made in 1629 by Nuremberg silversmith Georg Koler, this silver-gilt wager cup depicts Saint Margaret of Antioch. As she is the patron saint of newborns and women in childbirth, perhaps it was used to celebrate the birth of a child. The inscription on her hem is meant to be read when the cup is inverted — in drinking position. This piece was offered for sale by Philippe d’Arschot at BRAFA, the Brussels Art Fair, earlier this year.

Courtesy of Philippe d’Arschot