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Tankard

Maker:
Michael May II (active 1731–76)
Date:
mid-18th century
Culture:
Hungarian, Brassó
Medium:
Gilded silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 1/4 x 5 5/8 in. (26 x 14.3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of The Salgo Trust for Education, New York, in memory of Nicolas M. Salgo, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.110.58
Not on view
This elegantly proportioned, gilded tankard is a late example of its type. The maker, who was a member of a well-known dynasty of goldsmiths, applied a harmonious decoration of late Baroque strapwork surrounding three bases imitating short lengths of decorative drapery, called lambrequins, each supporting an ancient bust. A cast pinecone finial surmounts the double-domed lid like a miniature monument.

Literature
Important Silver. Sale cat., Sotheby’s, New York, April 7, 1987, n.p., no. 40.
Judit H. Kolba. Hungarian Silver: The Nicolas M. Salgo Collection. London, 1996, pp. 108–9, no. 86.

References
Elemér Kőszeghy. Magyarországi ötvösjegyek a középkortól 1867-ig / Merkzeichen der Goldschmiede Ungarns vom Mittelalter bis 1867. Budapest, 1936, nos. 130 [town mark], 264 [maker’s mark].

[Wolfram Koeppe 2015]
Marking: On the underside: 1] the town mark of Brassó, 2] the maker's mark with the number 12.
[ sale, Sotheby's, New York , April 7, 1987, lot 40; to Salgo ] ; Nicolas M. Salgo (from 1987) ; Salgo Trust for Education (until 2010; to MMA)
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