Footed beaker with cover

Johannes (Hans) Mautner

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This monumental beaker is the one of the largest known of its type. It has a hollow base and an undulating ring that marks the actual bottom of the vessel on the outside. Both of these features are characteristic of Hungarian and Transylvanian production. The inscribed coat of arms at left indicates that it belonged to a member of a princely Transylvanian family, Count Mikes, who came from one of the most ancient dynasties of the Székely people. Together with the Saxons, the Székely were crucial for the defense of Hungary’s eastern border against the Ottomans. The number “XX” may indicate that the beaker was the largest in an assembled set from which two smaller beakers are now preserved in the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest. The lute-playing angel garbed in peasant costume is very close to a similar figure decorating a silver-gilt tankard by Michael Schellung, made in Brassó about 1640. Both were likely inspired by the same printed design source.

Footed beaker with cover, Johannes (Hans) Mautner (master 1670, died 1694), Gilded silver, Hungarian, Brassó

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