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Medal: Laux Kreler

Unknown South German medalist
Circle of Hans Kels the Elder (German, Füssen 1480/85–ca. 1559 Kaufbeuren)
Hans Kels the Younger (German, 1508/10–1565) (?)
ca. 1537 (probably a later cast)
Diam. 5.9 cm, wt. 102 g.
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
On the obverse is a portrait of the goldsmith Laux Kreler (ca. 1486 – 1552); the reverse is blank. The hardwood models for this medal and its pendant of Kreler’s wife Elisabeth are preserved in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich. Curiously, the date 1520 on the medal (and on the model) is inconsistent with the age of Kreler and seems to have been altered in the model. Lucas (“Laux”) Kreler was an Augsburg goldsmith. The medal has been ascribed to Hans Kels junior, but more recently this attribution has been abandoned in favor of one to an anonymous master working in the Upper Rhine area.
Henry Oppenheimer, London; Oppenheimer sale, Christie's, London, 29 July 1936, lot 337, including No. 121 (1975.1.1323) (for pounds 14 to [John Hunt, London]). Acquired by Robert Lehman through Hunt from the Oppenheimer sale.
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