Nautilus Cup Engraver: Jan Bellekin (Dutch, born 1636)
Maker: (silversmith) Unknown

ca. 1660

European Art

Not on view

Engraved shell with a silver-gilt mount (added later)


11 1/2 × 8 3/4 × 4 3/8 in. (29.2 × 22.2 × 11.1 cm)

Credit Line

Marion M. Kemp Fund in memory of her brother, Arthur T. Kemp, B.S. 1894

Accession Number



17th century


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Johan Willem Frederiks (1889–1962), The Hague, The Netherlands, by 1958. Nystad Antiquars (dealer), The Hague, The Netherlands; sold to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1966
  • Jane Wildgoose, Promiscuous Assemblage, Friendship and the Order of Things, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale Center for British Art, 2009), 20, no. 66
  • Hanns-Ulrich Mette, Der Nautiluspokal: Wie Kunst und Natur Miteinander Spielen (Munich: Klinkhardt & Biermann, 1995), no. 123, p. 211
  • Johan Willem Frederiks, Dutch silver: Embossed ecclesiastical and secular plate from the Renaissance until the end of the eighteenth century, Volume 4 (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1961), pp. XV and 13, no. 23, pl. 30
  • W. H. Van Seters, "Oud-Nederlandse Parelmoerkunst: Het Werk van Leden der Familie Belquin, Parelmoergraveurs en Schilders in de 17e Eeuw”," Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art vol. 9 (1958), 190 and 201, fig. fig. 11
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Object/Work type

nautilus shell cups


gambling insects


[Bottom of shell] "J. Bellikien"

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