Drinking cup with fools’ heads, Christiaen van Vianen, 1627
This cup is best viewed from above. The almost symmetrical rim consists of two fools’ heads. Their hoods extend on either side onto a rim that enfolds two small dogs and then flows into the Auricular (soft, fleshy, lobe-like) ornament that is the trademark of the Van Vianen family. Depicting below the fools’ heads a stream of water pours into the bowl, in which a dolphin and other sea creatures are swimming.