Dish (one of a pair)
Hungarian, possibly Transylvania
Not on view
Gilded flowers and foliage within boldly-conceived rims frame a high-embossed, gilded fruit arrangement in the center of each hexagonal dish. The fact that the engraved coat of arms, with a laurel wreath and an inscription, are squeezed between two of the large flowers indicates that they may have been added at a later date. These dishes were possibly made as stock pieces rather than for a special commission.
European Silver. Sale cat., Sotheby’s, Geneva, May 12, 1983, p. 45, no. 105.
Judit H. Kolba. Hungarian Silver: The Nicolas M. Salgo Collection. London, 1996, p. 69, no. 47.
Régi ezüstkiállításának leíró lajstroma. Exh. cat. by Károly Csányi. Országos Magyar Iparművészeti Múzeum. Museum of Applied Arts. Budapest, 1927, p. 16, no. 83.
For an example of a hexagonal dish in serpentine, see Gert-Dieter Ulferts, Sächsischer Serpentin: Sammlung Jahn. Berlin, 2000, pp. 58-9, no. 30.
[Wolfram Koeppe 2015]