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Ornamental Cup, so-called Saint Michael’s Cup




Ornamental Cup, so-called Saint Michael’s Cup

In 1533, King Francis I of France acquired this golden goblet, decorated with precious stones, in Antwerp. The reliefs on the cuppa depict bacchanalian-erotic scenes. The lid is surmounted by a figure of the Archangel Michael assembled from individual diamonds, suggesting a connection to the French royal “Ordre de Saint Michel”.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XXIX

Object data

Object Name

Vessel; Cup






Gold, enamel, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, pearls


51,7 cm × 16,8 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 1120

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