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Covered Beaker

Artist:
Hans Greiff (German, active ca. 1470–died 1516 Ingolstadt)
Date:
ca. 1470
Geography:
Made in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Silver, silver gilt, enamel, and cold enamel
Dimensions:
Overall: H: 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1950
Accession Number:
50.7.2a, b
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 16
This covered beaker bears the coat of arms of Hans Glätzle, in whose honor it was presented to the Rathaus treasury. He was the mayor of Ingolstadt and a member of the inner council in 1453. The profile on the shields is repeated in three dimensions on the finial. The beaker is marked with the town punch of Ingolstadt. Although there is no maker's mark, this vessel is attributed to the Ingolstadt goldsmith Hans Greiff on the basis of stylistic similarity with marked examples.
Marking: (on bottom of beaker): panther rampant [Ingolstadt]
(below gilt molding at lip): 2 small ovals

Arms (enameled or painted on shield held by knights): Sable, man's head with pointed beard, 3/4 to dexter, proper

Arms (enameled on boss inside cover): Quarterly, 1. Gules, a salt-barrel standing on a platform argent; 2. Gules, two flails argent with handles or, in saltire; 3. Gules, on a triple-peaked mount sable, three stalks of wheat of the same; 4. Party per bend, azure, and or, a bend argent. Unidentified.
From the Rathaus treasury, Ingolstadt; C. Berchtold, Ingolstadt (by 1863) ; Baron Carl von Rothschild, Frankfurt (acquired in 19th century) ; Baron Max von Goldschmidt-Rothschild(d. 1940), Frankfurt (by descent) ; Baron Max von Goldschmidt-Rothschild, Frankfurt (by descent) ; Heirs of the late Baron Max von Goldschmidt-Rothschild, Frankfurt ; [ Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York (sold 1950)]
Müller, Theodor. Ingolstadt. Grosse Kunstführer, Vol. 24. Munich: Schnell & Steiner, 1958. pp. 8–14, fig. 1–4.

Deuchler, Florens. "The Cloisters: ein Museum für mittelalterliche Kunst in New York." Du 32, no. 2 (1972). p. 132.

Husband, Timothy B., and Jane Hayward, ed. The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages. New York: Dutton Publishing, 1975. no. 158, p. 139.



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