Historical information

The Silver Standing Cup was made by Ernest Leviny c1860 and presented to Mr Charles Abraham Saint, editor of the Mount Alexander Mail newspaper, by the town's citizens on his departure from Castlemaine on 31 December 1863.

Mount Alexander Mail report; 23 January 1864.

This substantial silver centrepiece was the second masterpiece created by Ernest Leviny around 1859. It is decorated with highly detailed cast figures, fine embossing and chasing. This work of Australian Colonial significance reflects Leviny's rich European artistic background which he successfully merged with new Australian motifs, which epitomise the great wealth, ambition and pride at that time in the emerging, young Colony of Victoria.

Physical description

Semi matt surface albumen print mounted on cream coloured card with border around image drawn in pencil.
Albumen photograph of Silver Standing Cup (Eperne). Elaborate silver cup, with lid highly decorated with cast figures, etc.

Inscriptions & markings

Handwritten in pencil under image: I.1 'Photo Davies & Co' I.r 'Melbourne