Exhibitions/ Art Object

Two-handled bowl

Michael Gatthi (active ca. 1653)
ca. 1653
Hungarian, Kolozsvár
Silver, partly gilded
Overall: 5 3/16 in. (13.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of The Salgo Trust for Education, New York, in memory of Nicolas M. Salgo, 2010
Accession Number:
Not on view
This type of small flat oval bowl with six or eight concave lobes and handles was very popular throughout Central and Southeastern Europe during the seventeenth century. The form derives from models produced in the German-speaking area. The dramatically swirling foliage around the single flower in high relief, together with the sensitively applied partial gilding, testify to the refinement of Hungarian goldsmithing.
The circulation of Northern European floral and leaf patterns in Hungary and Transylvania is evident in drawings by Andreas Tar of about 1680 (Baroque Splendor: The Art of the Hungarian Goldsmith. Exh. cat. by István Fodor et al. Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts. New York, 1994, p. 48, fig. 6).

Judit H. Kolba. Hungarian Silver: The Nicolas M. Salgo Collection. London, 1996, p. 63, no. 41.

Elemér Kőszeghy. Magyarországi ötvösjegyek a középkortól 1867-ig / Merkzeichen der Goldschmiede Ungarns vom Mittelalter bis 1867. Budapest, 1936, no. 1001 [maker’s mark].
Eva Toranová. Goldschmiedekunst in der Slowakei. Translated by Helene Katrinaková. Hanau, 1982, p. 225, nos. 257-258.
For a similar bowl see, István Heller. Ungarische und siebenbürgische Goldschmiedearbeiten. Munich, 2000, fig. II, no. 8.

[Wolfram Koeppe 2015]
Marking: On either side of one of the handles: the maker's mark of Michael Gatthi from Kolozsvár. On the shorter side: an import mark.
[ sale, Sotheby's, London , October 22, 1986, lot 92; to Salgo ] ; Nicolas M. Salgo (from 1986) ; Salgo Trust for Education (until 2010; to MMA)
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