Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Table decoration in the form of a peacock

Hungarian, Munkács
Silver, partly gilded
Overall: 7 3/16 x 12 in. (18.3 x 30.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of The Salgo Trust for Education, New York, in memory of Nicolas M. Salgo, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.110.63a, b
Not on view
The peacock stands with its head slightly tilted, mischievously observing his surroundings. The artist has capture in silver the temperament and characteristic posture of a mature male peacock, an extremely territorial bird. The object’s plain oval base, with its convex frame decorated with Baroque flowers and scrolled leaves, is in sharp contrast to the combination of a terrain plinth and stylized Neoclassical garlands on the stands of the pair of peacocks also in the museum's collection, acc. nos. 2010.110.64a, b and .65a, b.

Works of Art. Sale cat., Sotheby’s, London, December 8, 1983, p. 30, no. 91.
Judit H. Kolba. Hungarian Silver: The Nicolas M. Salgo Collection. London, 1996, p. 122, no. 99.

Elemér Kőszeghy. Magyarországi ötvösjegyek a középkortól 1867-ig / Merkzeichen der Goldschmiede Ungarns vom Mittelalter bis 1867. Budapest, 1936, nos. 1255 [town mark], 1256 [town mark].
A similar peacock-form table decoration or drinking cup was offered by Bonhams, London, July 9, 2015, no. 117.

[Wolfram Koeppe 2015]
Marking: Struck on the plain rim of the base: 1] the town mark of Munkács, 2] the import mark and 3] standard mark.
Lord Walston ; Paul Wallraf ; [ sale, Sotheby's, London December 8, 1983, lot 91; to Salgo ] ; Nicolas M. Salgo (from 1983) ; Salgo Trust for Education (until 2010; to MMA)
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