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Laux Kreler

Unknown South German medalist

Artist:
Circle of Hans Kels the Elder (German, ca. 1480/85–ca. 1559)
Artist:
Hans Kels the Younger (German, 1508/10–1565) (?)
Date:
ca. 1537 (contemporary cast)
Medium:
Lead
Dimensions:
Diam. 5.9 cm, wt. 102 g.
Classification:
Medals
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1324
  • Description

    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.(1) 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.(2) 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.3 This is a sharp contemporary cast.

    Catalogue entry from: Frits Scholten. The Robert Lehman Collection. European Sculpture and Metalwork, Vol. XII. Frits Scholten, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Princeton University Press, 2011, p. 155.


    Notes:
    1. Habich, Georg. "Hans Kels als Konterfetter." Monatsberichte über Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft 3, 1903, pp. 9-19, fig. 22; The Currency of Fame: Portrait Medals of the Renaissance. Exhibition, National Gallery of Art, 23 January-1 May 1994; Frick Collection, 24 May-22 August 1994; National Gallery of Scotland, 22 September-20 December 1994. Catalogue edited by Stephen K. Scher. New York, nos. 103, 103a.
    2. Washington, D.C. – New York – Edinburgh 1994, p. 245; Pollard, J. Graham. With the assistance of Eleonora Luciano and Maria Pollard. Renaissance Medals. 2 vols. Collections of the National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 2007, p. 714.
    3. Washington, D.C. – New York – Edinburgh 1994, no. 103.

  • Provenance

    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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