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Tankard

Maker:
Johann Schwarz (master 1665, died 1706/07)
Date:
1690
Culture:
German, Königsberg
Medium:
Silver, silver gilt
Dimensions:
Height: 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
13.41.17
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 551
The lid and base are inset with portrait medals of Duke Boguslav Radziwill (1620–1669), governor-general of East Prussia; his wife, Duchess Anna Maria; and their daughter Louise Charlotte. The side incorporates 24 coins (Mariengroschen) minted between 1670 and 1679 under Duke Rudolf Augustus of Brunswick-Wolffenbüttel (r. 1666–1704) and Duke Johann Friedrich of Brunswick-Lüneburg (r. 1665–1679).
Inscription: BOGUSLAUS D[ei] G[ratia] DUX RADZIWILL [trans.: Boguslaw by the grace of God duc Radziwill.]

ANNA MARIA D[ei] G[ratia] DUCISSA RADZIWILIA [trans.: Anna Maria by the grace of God duchess Radziwill.]

LUDOVICA CAROLINA RADZIVILIA D[ei] G[ratia] BIRS[ensis] DUB[icensis] SLUC[ensis] & KOP[ylensis] DUX (sic!) [trans.: Louise Charlotte Radziwill by the grace of God duchess of Birze, Dubinka, Sluck and Kopyl.]

AET[atis] 8 AN[no] 1675 D[omini] 27 Feb[ruarius] [trans.: At the age of 8, in the year of our Lord 1675, 27 Feb.]

PATER ME[us] ET MATER MEA DERELINQUER[unt] ME, DOM[inus] A[utem] ASSUMPSIT ME. (Ps. XXVII:X.) [trans.: My father and my mother forsake me, but the Lord took me up.]

D[ei] G[ratia] RUDOLPH AUGUSTUS DUX BR [trans.: By the grace of God Rudolph Augustus duc of Brunswick & Lüneberg.]

Marking: [1] Greek cross crowned (Königsberg town mark, 1684–1703);
[2] B (date letter for 1690);
[3] Monogram I S, 85 in shield (maker's mark of Johann Schwarz, master in Königsberg, November 12, 1665; died 1706/7).
Mrs. Charles H. Truax , New York (until 1913; sold to MMA)
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