Coconuts, a precious curio from the New World, were so highly prized in Europe during the early modern era that they were fashioned into elegant vessels by silversmiths. They made noteworthy additions to princely curiosity cabinets and may also have served a medicinal purpose. John Parkinson’s Theatrum Botanicum (1640), for instance, credits wine drunk from a coconut with curing colic, epilepsy, and rheumatoid disorders.
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“Elizabethan Cocoanut Cup,” Connoisseur (May 1938), p. 260 ; advertised in same issue by Peter Guille, p. 41.
Los Angeles County Museum, Bulletin (Fall 1950), no. 7, fig. 3.
Antiques 95, 6 (June 1969), p. 818, no. 6, ill.
Art Institute of Chicago, Renaissance Decorative Arts from Chicago Collections, 3/2-6/14/1987, cat. 36
Los Angeles County Museum, Three Centuries of English Silver, 1950.
Victor Rothschild [according to letter in curarotial file].
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