Footed beaker, Gilded silver, Hungarian

Footed beaker

Date:
ca. 1680
Culture:
Hungarian
Medium:
Gilded silver
Dimensions:
Height: 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of The Salgo Trust for Education, New York, in memory of Nicolas M. Salgo, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.110.81
Not on view
On this beaker, bold auricular scrolls form cartouches with bundles of foliage and fruits. It seems that the goldsmith intended the points where the scrolls meet to evoke a grotesque mask, with punched pyramidal eyebrows above the nostrils, and an open, heart-shaped mouth from which a leaf-shaped tongue emerges.

Literature
Important English and Continental Silver. Sale cat., Sotheby’s, New York, April 16, 1997, p. 60, no. 122. (Unidentified maker’s mark P.?; perhaps similar to Elemér Kőszeghy. Magyarországi ötvösjegyek a középkortól 1867-ig / Merkzeichen der Goldschmiede Ungarns vom Mittelalter bis 1867. Budapest, 1936, no. 878.)

[Wolfram Koeppe 2015]
Marking: On center of base: unidentified maker's mark.
[ sale, Sotheby's, New York , April 16, 1997, lot 122; to Salgo ] ; Nicolas M. Salgo ; Salgo Trust for Education (until 2010; to MMA)