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Tankard

Maker:
Probably Abraham Riederer, the Elder (German, ca. 1546/7–1625)
Date:
ca. 1580–85
Culture:
German, Augsburg
Medium:
Gilded silver
Dimensions:
Height: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.93.16
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
The sixteenth century was Augsburg’s golden age. The city was wealthy from its silver and copper mines and hometown to the Fugger family of merchants. With offices throughout Europe, their astonishing success was based, in part, on canny access to mining concerns and agricultural land—concessions given by nobility as securities against massive loans the Fuggers made them. The broad strapwork design on the tankard typifies the style of successful local artists like the printmaker Bernhard Zan.

[Elizabeth Cleland, 2017]
Inscription: Unintelligible as it stands: Ursula der Gotl. Kandl

Marking: [1] pinecone (Augsburg town mark,ca. 1576–83 and perhaps later);
[2] AR monogram, in shield (maker's mark of Abraham Riederer the Elder)
Ichenhauser (until 1911) ; [ Silo , 1911; sold to MMA ]
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