A documentary Nuremberg faience dish, circa 1730
Lot 108
A documentary Nuremberg faience dish, circa 1730
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A documentary Nuremberg faience dish, circa 1730
Painted by P.C. Schwab with a depiction of the Elector of Saxony and Martin Luther, inscribed 'Betrachte diß Gemähl, und schaue was das Jahr, Dir für ein Jübel-Bild in solchen stellet dar./ Gott laß dein Wort solang uns reine führen, biß in der Seeligkeit wir wwig jubiliren./ Anno 1730./ den 25. Juny. JOHANNES Herzog/ Zu Sachsen Chur: Fürst. Martin Luther/der h. Schrifft D:/ und Professor zu/ Wittenberg', the open books inscribed 'Bib/lia Sa/cra' and 'Augusti/na /Confes:/sio', respectively, the lobed rim painted with four figures of landscape vignettes reserved against a trellis band and flowers, the reverse indistinctly signed in manganese '[..]Swab/ 17[..], 35.2cm diam. (haircrack to rim)


  • This rare dish commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Reformation. The inscription may be translated as follows: 'Observe this painting here and see what glorious year this picture represents/ Let God lead your word toward purity until we rejoice forever in eternity.'

    A similar commemorative dish painted by P.C. Schwab and signed with initials is in the Mainfränkisches Museum, Würzburg, inv. no. S. 8426 (published by August Stoehr, Deutsche Fayencen und Deutsches Steingut (1920), ill. 79).

    Two related commemorative dishes painted by Georg Friedrich Grebner, signed and dated January 1730, with the same scene and inscription in the centre but a different border to the rim, are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, inv. no. 50.211.200, and the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin, inv. no. K 1577.
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