Probably Abraham Riederer, the Elder German

Not on view

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]

Tankard, Probably Abraham Riederer, the Elder (German, ca. 1546/7–1625), Gilded silver, German, Augsburg

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