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Medal: Bust of Sebastian Zäh

Artist:
Antonio Abondio (Italian, Trento 1538–1591 Vienna)
Date:
model 1572 (cast 16th century)
Medium:
Bronze (Copper alloy, with remains of gilding; the reverse partly silvered)
Dimensions:
Diam. 3.8 cm, wt. 22.79 g.
Classification:
Medals
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1259
Not on view
The obverse presents a portrait of Sebastian Zäh (1527 –
1598), and on the reverse is his wife, Susanna Schlecht
(born 1541). Sebastian Zäh or Zäch was an Augsburg
merchant who had studied in Pisa and later worked as
an agent for the firm of the Fugger family. In 1581 he
was knighted by Emperor Maximilian II. Zäh was an
early collector of the sculptures of Giambologna; his
album amicorum contains the autographs of Giambologna
(1592), Pietro Francavilla (1590), and Bernardo Vecchietti
(1590). This medal is a sixteenth-century cast.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse: SEBASTIAN · ZÄH · [an]NO ·
AET · XXXXV 1572; inscribed on the reverse: [su]SANNA ·
SCHLECHTIN · SEIN HAVSFRAW · IRS · ALTERS · IM
XXXI·I
Adalbert von Lanna, Prague; Lanna sale, Rudolph Lepke, Berlin, 13 – 15 May 1911, lot 1080; Henry Oppenheimer, London; Oppenheimer sale, Christie’s, London, 28 July 1936, lot 184, including No. 87 (1975.1.1260) and another medal (to [John Hunt, London]). Acquired by Robert Lehman through Hunt from the Oppenheimer sale.
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