The Drake Cup by Abraham Gessner

Presented by the Chairman of the Art Fund to the Mayor of Plymouth, in recognition of the courage and fortitude shown by the citizens during enemy action by air-raids in the Second World War.

Details

Medium:
Silver gilt Dimensions: 52 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,100 ( Total: £2,100)
Acquired in:
1942
Vendor:
Christie's

It depicts the terrestrial globe, engraved with a map of the world; the land is in gilt, the seas with its sailing vessels, whales and dolphins in silver and the names of the continents, islands and seas are engraved in Latin. The cover is surmounted by a vase on which there is a skeleton celestial globe. By tradition, this magnificent cup was given to Drake by Queen Elisabeth I in 1579 upon his return from circumnavigating the Globe in the Golden Hind. But there is another tradition claiming that it was Drake who gave it to the Queen in 1582.

Provenance

Queen Elizabeth; Sir Francis Drake; George Lockett.

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