Exhibitions/ Art Object

Wine decanter

Simon Petrus Conrad (master 1771, active until 1793)
ca. 1780
Hungarian, Nagyszeben
Silver, partly gilded
Overall: 13 11/16 x 4 1/8 in. (34.8 x 10.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of The Salgo Trust for Education, New York, in memory of Nicolas M. Salgo, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.110.62a, b
Not on view
This decanter was used to serve mulled wine. The sculpted snake holding an apple in its mouth and resting on the scroll handle symbolizes temptation, serving as a warning not to drink too much. Restrained gilded lines emphasize the decanter’s harmonious form, and the spectacular design clearly signals the imagination and technical ability of the artist, who transformed valuable metal into a work of art. Less than a dozen related vessels have survived. Ambassador Salgo owned a second example (acc. no. 2010.110.61a, b). Another decanter is owned by the Prince of Liechtenstein and is prominently displayed in the family’s palace in Vienna (see Johann Kräftner, ed., Der Fürst als Sammler: Neuerwerbungen unter Hans-Adam II. von und zu Liechenstein. Vienna, 2010, pp. 144–145, no. 57).

Catalogue of Fine European Silver. Sale cat., Sotheby’s, Geneva, November 10, 1981, p. 69, no. 173.
Judit H. Kolba. Hungarian Silver: The Nicolas M. Salgo Collection. London, 1996, p. 121, no. 98.
Wolfram Koeppe in “Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2010–2012.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 70, no. 2 (Fall 2012), p. 29.

Erdély régi művészeti emlékeinek kiállítása az Iparművészeti múzeumban / Ausstellung alten Kunstgewerbes aus Siebenbürgen. Exh. cat. Museum of Applied Arts. Budapest, 1931, p. 23, no. 83.

Elemér Kőszeghy. Magyarországi ötvösjegyek a középkortól 1867-ig / Merkzeichen der Goldschmiede Ungarns vom Mittelalter bis 1867. Budapest, 1936, nos. 1286 [town mark], 1473 [maker’s mark].
Judit H. Kolba and Annamária T. Németh. Treasures of Hungary: Gold & Silver from the 9th to the 19th Century. Exh. cat. Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York. Organized by the Smithsonoian Institution, Washington, D.C., and the Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum, Budapest. Budapest, 1986, p. 49, no. 52.

[Wolfram Koeppe 2015]
Marking: On the underside: 1] the maker's mark of Simon Petrus Conrad, and 2] the "13" mark of Nagyszeben.
[ sale, Sotheby's, Geneva , November 10, 1981, lot 173; to Salgo ] ; Nicolas M. Salgo (from 1981) ; Salgo Trust for Education (until 2010; to MMA)
Related Objects

Footed beaker

Date: late 16th century Medium: Silver, partially gilded Accession: 2010.110.72 On view in:Gallery 521


Date: second quarter 17th century, with 18th century additions Medium: Gold, partly enameled and set with diamonds, emeralds, spinels, and pearls Accession: 1982.60.385 On view in:Gallery 540

Footed beaker

Artist: Attributed to Paulus Brölfft (active 1574–1602) Date: second half 16th century Medium: Silver, partially gilded Accession: 2010.110.4 On view in:Gallery 521

Tureen and stand

Artist: Bernhard Heinrich Weyhe (German, 1702–1782) Date: 1769–71 Medium: Silver, silver gilt Accession: 2009.263a–c On view in:Gallery 533

Holy-water stoup with relief of Mary of Egypt

Artist: Giovanni Giardini (Italian, Forlì 1646–1722 Rome) Date: ca. 1702 Medium: Lapis lazuli, silver, and gilded bronze Accession: 1995.110 On view in:Gallery 550