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Gregorius Gunesch (active ca. 1597)
late 16th century
Hungarian, Nagyszeben
Gilded silver
Overall: 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. (19 x 13.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of The Salgo Trust for Education, New York, in memory of Nicolas M. Salgo, 2010
Accession Number:
Not on view
The tapering cylindrical body of this tankard is embossed with female and male masks and a very dense pattern of strap- and scrollwork and festoons. Only the gadrooned foot rim, undecorated frame of the lid, and plain finial offer a moment of classical restraint.

European Silver. Sale cat., Sotheby’s, Geneva, May 13, 1986, p. 32, no. 85.
Judit H. Kolba. Hungarian Silver: The Nicolas M. Salgo Collection. London, 1996, p. 30, no. 8.

Tankards with similar handles were sold by Dr. Fischer Kunstauktionen in Heilbronn, sale no. 181, no. 4, and sale no. 182, no. 288.
Elemér Kőszeghy. Magyarországi ötvösjegyek a középkortól 1867-ig / Merkzeichen der Goldschmiede Ungarns vom Mittelalter bis 1867. Budapest, 1936, no. 1342 [maker’s mark].

[Wolfram Koeppe 2015]
Inscription: On the underside: engraved initials "C. B. S." (the later partially obliterated)

Marking: On the underside: the master's mark of Gregorius Gunesch from Nagyszeben
[ sale, Sotheby's, Geneva , May 13, 1986, lot 85; to Salgo ] ; Nicolas M. Salgo (from 1986) ; Salgo Trust for Education (until 2010; to MMA)
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