Art/ Collection/ Art Object


Hans Nicolaus Müllner (German, active 1644–88)
late 17th century
German, Nuremberg
Silver, partly gilded
Overall: 11 × 10 7/8 in. (27.9 × 27.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Estate of James Hazen Hyde, 1959
Accession Number:
Not on view
The oval reliefs on the side and the lid of this monumental tankard contain allegories of four continents: Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. Like the Four Elements (see the Hungarian charger with this motif on display nearby), these personifications were an important part of Baroque imagery. The volume of this large tankard is very unusual for Nuremberg silver, suggesting it was specially commissioned for ritual drinking ceremonies at the festivities of a corporation or civic club. Objects of this size appear more often in Scandinavian countries and along the Baltic coast.
Inscription: Stickers: [1] 7587; [2] 719

Painted in red: 34/7912

Painted on underside of base: .8848; Hyde number: PPM 97

Marking: [1] maker's mark for Hans Nicolaus Müllner;
[2] N in a circle (Nuremberg town mark, 1650–1700)
[3] Weevil in rectangle (French mark for work imported from countries with customs conventions, 1873 to present.)

Location of marks:
[1], [2] on underside and on outside of cover rim
[3] on rim of cover
James Hazen Hyde
Related Objects


Artist: Mounts by Johann Heel (1637–1709, master 1668) Date: ca. 1700 Medium: Jade mounted with silver gilt and painted enamel Accession: 1974.356.785 On view in:Gallery 533

Cylindrical tankard

Artist: M. S. of Nuremberg, Germany Date: ca. 1720 Medium: Faience (tin-glazed earthenware), silver-gilt mounts Accession: 64.101.385 On view in:Gallery 533

Tureen and stand

Artist: Bernhard Heinrich Weyhe (German, 1702–1782) Date: 1769–71 Medium: Silver, silver gilt Accession: 2009.263a–c On view in:Gallery 533


Artist: M. Schmid Date: early 18th century Medium: Tin-glazed earthenware with engraved and gilt metal mounts Accession: 1974.356.258 On view in:Gallery 533

Toilet set in original leather case

Artist: Fourteen identified German (Augsburg) goldsmiths and other German artisans; Japanese (Imari) porcelain maker Date: ca. 1743–45 Medium: Gilt silver, hard-paste porcelain, cut glass, walnut, carved and partially gilt coniferous wood, blind-tooled and partially gilt leather, partially gilt steel and iron, textiles, moiré paper, hog's bristle Accession: 2005.364.1a–d–.48 On view in:Gallery 551