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Footed beaker

Jeremias Jekel (master 1618, died 1667)
ca. 1600
Hungarian, Brassó
Silver, partly gilded
Overall: 8 1/2 x 5 1/8 in. (21.6 x 13 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of The Salgo Trust for Education, New York, in memory of Nicolas M. Salgo, 2010
Accession Number:
Not on view
This beaker documents the adaptation of styles and motifs created thousands of miles apart. The vessel is covered in a sophisticated ornamental system of dense scrollwork with abundant fruit clusters, and suspended baldachins—the ultimate symbol of royal or ecclesiastical power–surmount the three oval reserves. The three figures engraved in separate ovals represent the theological virtues Faith, Hope, and Charity. They derive from prints by Jacob Matham (Dutch, 1571–1631), who engraved drawings by Henrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558–1617).

Tihamér Gyárfás. A brassai ötvösség története. Brassó, 1912, p. 103, no. 148.
Gold Boxes, Objects of Vertu and European Silver. Sale cat., Sotheby’s, London, July 6, 1981, p. 42, no. 161.
Judit H. Kolba. Hungarian Silver: The Nicolas M. Salgo Collection. London, 1996, p. 71, no. 49.

A beaker by the same maker was sold at auction by Dr. Fischer Kunstauktionen in Heilbronn.
Elemér Kőszeghy. Magyarországi ötvösjegyek a középkortól 1867-ig / Merkzeichen der Goldschmiede Ungarns vom Mittelalter bis 1867. Budapest, 1936, no. 193 [maker’s mark].

[Wolfram Koeppe 2015]
Marking: On the side of the base: the maker's mark of Jeremias Jekel of Brassó.
[ sale, Sotheby's, London , July 6, 1981, lot 161; to Salgo ] ; Nicolas M. Salgo (from 1981) ; Salgo Trust for Education (until 2010; to MMA)
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