Art/ Collection/ Art Object


Hungarian, possibly Fogaras
Gilded silver, enamel
Overall: 6 11/16 x 4 in. (17 x 10.1 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 six dynamic semicircular lobes are reminiscent of Byzantine and later orthodox sacred architecture but the Ottoman-influenced engraved floral decoration of pomegranates, tulips, and roses against black enamel suggests the canister served a useful purpose. When the domed lid is screwed down, it holds in place a second tidily inserted lid to hermetically seal the gilt interior. The arms belong to Michael Teleki of Szék and his third wife Judith Weér de Köröstarcsa, to whom the inscription VER JUDIT refers.

Fine Russian Works of Art, Fabergé, Watches and Clocks . . . Silver / Objets d’art russes, Fabergé, montres et pendules . . . orfèvrerie européenne. Sale cat., Christie’s, Geneva, November 12–15, 1984, p. 181, no. 529.
Judit H. Kolba. Hungarian Silver: The Nicolas M. Salgo Collection. London, 1996, p. 81, no. 59.
Wolfram Koeppe in “Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2010–2012.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 70, no. 2 (Fall 2012), p. 29.

A plate inscribed with the same names and similar coats of arms was sold, Important Orfèvrerie Européenne, Boîtes en Or et Objets de Vitrine. Sale cat., Sotheby's, Paris, December 1, 2011, p. 171, no. 280.
Elemér Kőszeghy. Magyarországi ötvösjegyek a középkortól 1867-ig / Merkzeichen der Goldschmiede Ungarns vom Mittelalter bis 1867. Budapest, 1936, pp. 113–15.

[Wolfram Koeppe 2015]
Inscription: One lobe engraved with the inscription VER JUDIT and the date 1681, another lobe engraved with the inscription, MICHAEL TELEKI D[E] SZEK T (?) S[ERENI]S[SIMI] P[RINCIPIS] T[RANSYLVANIAE] H(?) [I]NT[IMUS] CON[SILIARIUS] (Michael Teleki of Szék, the confidential councilor of his highness the prince of Transylvania) and the date 1681.
[ sale, Private Collection, c/o Christie's Geneva , November 15, 1984, lot 529; to Salgo ] ; Nicolas M. Salgo (from 1984) ; Salgo Trust for Education (until 2010; to MMA)
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