The heirlooms and treasures  of Chatsworth are currently on display for the first time and I couldn’t resist taking a photo of this beautiful bejewelled Hawk.  It is a ceremonial drinking cup that was made in Germany in 1697 and bought by the 6th Duke in 1819.  It stands over 1ft tall and is covered with hundreds of precious and semi-precious stones.

The Kniphuasen Hawk

16 Comments CherryPie on Aug 31st 2010

16 Responses to “Chatsworth – The Kniphausen Hawk”

  1. That is an impressive piece.. although it would look a little out of place on our sideboard!!

  2. jameshigham says:

    Phew! For a moment there, I thought you said, “I couldn’t resist nicking this beautiful bejewelled Hawk.” :)

  3. Ruth says:

    Fabulously over-the-top!

  4. Claudia says:

    Nice from afar. I like my wine in French crystal.;-)

  5. Janice says:

    Wow – not for me but still, wow!

  6. Ginnie says:

    Can you imagine drinking out of that, Cherie?!

  7. midwesttomidlands says:

    What a drink that would be.

  8. Ellee says:

    That’s amazing. My husband won a day trip on the Orient Express once and we went to Chatsworth House. It was a wonderful day.