A small Nuremberg engraved rock crystal rectangular plaque, attributed to Georg Schwanhardt the Elder, circa 1650-60
Lot 33
A small Nuremberg engraved rock crystal rectangular plaque, attributed to Georg Schwanhardt the Elder, circa 1650-60
Sold for £6,000 (US$ 10,084) inc. premium
Lot Details
A small Nuremberg engraved rock crystal rectangular plaque, attributed to Georg Schwanhardt the Elder, circa 1650-60
The trapezoidal panel wheel-engraved with a wheel and in diamond-point with an archer hunting a recumbent stag in a woodland landscape, a lake in the foreground and buildings to the rear, dominated by a large tree engraved along a meandering striation in the crystal body, later mounted in a silver-metal frame with ring suspension to the rear, the panel 8.9cm high by 14.5cm long

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    With Heide Hübner, Würzburg, 1988

    The decoration on this panel is typical of the best work of the Nuremberg glass engraver Georg Schwanhardt the Elder (1601-1667), a pupil of Caspar Lehmann. Schwanhardt is one of the leading engravers in Nürnberg in the 17th century and examples of glass attributed to his hand can be found in several leading museums. The technique and style of engraving on the present lot is remarkably similar to that on the rock crystal panels mounted on the so-called "großen Moskowiterschrank", formerly in the Schloßmuseum, Berlin, also attributed to Schwanhardt.

    For further examples of Schwanhardt's rock crystal engraving see Erich Meyer-Heisig, Der Nürnberger Glasschnitt des 17. Jahrhunderts (1963), pp.76-82, especially the sweetmeat glass (pl.WT41) with similar decoration (Kestner-Museum, Hannover).
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