Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Priming Flask Made for Prince-Elector August I of Saxony (ruled 1553–86)

ca. 1575
probably Saxony
German, probably Saxony
Iron, gold, silk
H. 5 1/6 in. (13.5 cm); Diam. 3 1/2 in. (9 cm); Wt. 9 oz. (258 g)
Firearms Accessories-Flasks & Primers
Credit Line:
Gift of Bernice and Jerome Zwanger, 2008
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
This finely worked flask was made by a specialist iron-chiseler for Prince-Elector August I of Saxony (ruled 1553–86). It bears his monogram AA (combining his initials with his wife's, Anna of Denmark), and the arms of Saxony and Denmark. in the center is a depiction of the Sacrifice of Isaac, after a 1571 woodcut by Jost Amman (1539–1591).
Armory of the dukes and prince-electors of Saxony; Historical Museum, Dresden; Alphonse de Rothschild (1878–1942), Vienna, until c. 1949; Joseph Kindig II, York, Pennsylvania, until c. 1962, when acquired by Dr. and Mrs. Jerome Zwanger.Bernice and Jerome Zwanger, N. Y. (until 2008; their gift to MMA).
Lillie, Sophie. Was Einmal War: Handbuch der Enteigneten Kunstsammlungen Wiens. Vienna: Czernin, 2003. p. 1089, no. 2707.

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