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Portrait medal of Laux Kreler

Unknown South German medalist
Circle of Hans Kels the Elder (German, Füssen 1480/85–ca. 1559 Kaufbeuren)
Hans Kels the Younger (German, 1508/10–1565) (?)
ca. 1537 (probably a later cast)
Diam. 5.9 cm, wt. 102 g.
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
This one-sided medal was cast after a wood model. The model, along with a pendant wood model of Elisabeth Kreler, Laux’s wife, is now in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich. Laux Kreler was a goldsmith living in Augsburg, though none of his commissioned works appear to have survived.
Henry Oppenheimer, London; Oppenheimer sale, Christie's, London, 29 July 1936, lot 337, including No. 121 (1975.1.1323) (for pounds 14 to [John Hunt, London]). Acquired by Robert Lehman through Hunt from the Oppenheimer sale.
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