A large German parcel-gilt silver tankard by Melchior Bair, Augsburg late 16th / early 17th century

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Lot 33
A large German parcel-gilt silver tankard
by Melchior Bair, Augsburg late 16th / early 17th century

Sold for £ 22,500 (US$ 28,500) inc. premium
Lots 29 – 33
To be sold on behalf of the Fondazione Boris Christoff
A large German parcel-gilt silver tankard
by Melchior Bair, Augsburg late 16th / early 17th century
The lid surmounted by a warrior holding a spear and shield, with a ram's horn thumb-piece, the slightly tapering body with a beaded scroll handle, and embossed and chased with images of Bacchus, Ceres and Venus amid fruiting strapwork and cherub masks, engraved with the arms of clan Korczak, height 49cm, weight 77.5oz.

Footnotes

  • The images of Venus (her quiver at her feet and her bow with slack string) together with Ceres and Bacchus are most likely an example of Sine Cerere et Baccho friget Venus (Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus freezes). On a vessel designed to hold such a prodigious quantity of beer, the metaphor is particularly apt.

    Literature
    The current lot is illustrated in Seling, 'Die Kunst der Augsburger Goldschmiede 1529-1868, Band II' (Munich 1980), catalogue number 139.
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A large German parcel-gilt silver tankard by Melchior Bair, Augsburg late 16th / early 17th century
A large German parcel-gilt silver tankard by Melchior Bair, Augsburg late 16th / early 17th century
A large German parcel-gilt silver tankard by Melchior Bair, Augsburg late 16th / early 17th century
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