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Ewer

Date:
late 15th century
Geography:
Made in probably Nuremberg, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Silver gilt, enamel, and paint
Dimensions:
Overall: 25 x 8 1/4 in. (63.5 x 21 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1953
Accession Number:
53.20.1
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 16
These ewers have long been thought to be the pair mentioned in the 1526 and 1585 inventories of the Teutonic Knights. Both are unmarked, and the attribution to Nuremberg is based on stylistic comparisons, such as that of the small cast figures against the buttresses to similar examples by the Nuremberg goldsmith Sebastian Lindenast the Elder. The enameled and painted wild men, reminiscent of those in Albrecht Dürer's compositions, are heraldic supporters but may also be understood as symbols of virility and procreation.
#47. Ewer
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The Teutonic Knights, Vienna (sold 1937) ; [ Saemy Rosenberg, Amsterdam (in 1937)] ; Baroness Catalina von Pannwitz, Amsterdam ; [ Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York (sold 1953)]
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1970–March 29, 1970.

Chicago. Art Institute of Chicago. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 16, 1970–July 5, 1970.

New York. The Cloisters Museum & Gardens. "The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages," March 28, 1975–June 15, 1975.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Gothic and Renaissance art in Nuremberg, 1350–1550," April 8, 1986–June 22, 1986.

Nuremberg, Germany. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. "Gothic and Renaissance art in Nuremberg, 1350–1550," July 24, 1986–September 28, 1986.

The Malbork Castle Museum. "Imagines potestatis : insygnia i znaki władzy w Królestwie Polskim i Zakonie Niemieckim : katalog wystawy w Muzeum Zamkowym w Malborku," June 8, 2007–September 30, 2007.

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