Exhibitions/ Art Object


Michael May II (active 1731–76)
ca. 1740
Hungarian, Brassó
Silver, partly gilded
Overall: 6 x 4 1/4 in. (15.3 x 10.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of The Salgo Trust for Education, New York, in memory of Nicolas M. Salgo, 2010
Accession Number:
Not on view
Incorporating medals or coins into the walls of drinking vessels has a captivating effect, and here they underline the beaker’s probable use. This refined, stylish beaker was likely a special wedding present. The German inscriptions on the front and back of the medal read, "If faithfulness and blessing is felt" and "Pure love sets the heart at rest." Another medal (dated 1588) at the bottom reminds the viewer of vanity, alertness, and faith in God by illustrating events from the Genesis story of Lot.

Tihamér Gyárfás. A brassai ötvösség története. Brassó, 1912, pp. 131–32, no. 320.
Elemér Kőszeghy. Magyarországi ötvösjegyek a középkortól 1867-ig / Merkzeichen der Goldschmiede Ungarns vom Mittelalter bis 1867. Budapest, 1936, nos. 130 [town mark], 264f [maker’s mark].
European Silver. Sale cat., Sotheby’s, Geneva, May 12, 1983, p. 46, no. 110.
Judit H. Kolba. Hungarian Silver: The Nicolas M. Salgo Collection. London, 1996, p. 101, no. 78.

Erdély régi művészeti emlékeinek kiállítása az Iparművészeti múzeumban / Ausstellung alten Kunstgewerbes aus Siebenbürgen. Exh. cat. Museum of Applied Arts. Budapest, 1931, p. 33, no. 148.

[Wolfram Koeppe 2015]
Inscription: An inset wedding medallion cast with the inscription, Ocean Treue Srid und Segen Spurt on the obverse, and on the reverse with the inscription, D[a]s reine Liebe die Herzen ruhrt (Pure love sets the heart at rest), a gilded coin inset at the bottom of the vessel struck on the obverse with the inscription, SURGITE EX EGREDIMINI DE LOCO ISTO C(?QUIA) DIMERIT (?DELEBIT) D[OMI]N[U]S CIVITATEM HANC 1588 (Arise, get you out of this place, for the Lord will destroy this city, 1588), and on the reverse, VENI INTERIEMUS(?) [INEBRIEMUS PA]TREM[EUM] VINO DORMIASMUSQUE CUM EO / GE[N] XIX. 32 (Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, Genesis 19.32).
Inscribed in black ink on underside: the Andrássy inventory number "110/1930"

Marking: On the underside: the maker's mark and the town mark
Andrássy Collection , no. 110 ; [ sale, Sotheby's, Geneva , May 12, 1983, lot 110; to Salgo ] ; Nicolas M. Salgo (from 1983) ; Salgo Trust for Education (until 2010; to MMA)
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