Two-handled bowl

Michael Gatthi

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This type of small flat oval bowl with six or eight concave lobes and handles was very popular throughout Central and Southeastern Europe during the seventeenth century. The form derives from models produced in the German-speaking area. The dramatically swirling foliage around the single flower in high relief, together with the sensitively applied partial gilding, testify to the refinement of Hungarian goldsmithing.
The circulation of Northern European floral and leaf patterns in Hungary and Transylvania is evident in drawings by Andreas Tar of about 1680.

Two-handled bowl, Michael Gatthi (active ca. 1653), Silver, partly gilded, Hungarian, Kolozsvár

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