Description & Technical information
The present tankard with a cover is a luxurious drinking vessel for beer and a fine example of early Baroque from Augsburg. The cylindrical corpus is raised on a bright, concave and profiled standing ring and is tapering on the upper side, being slightly conical. The loop handle on the one side of the tankard is cast and simply, with volutes adorned. On the walls of the corpus are embossed plastic ornaments in auricular/baroque style on a punched background: masks, shells, dolphins and fruits. The vaulted and profiled cover has on its top a cast finial, is connected to the corpus with a hinge and has a split thumb-rest. Its décor is similar to that of the corpus.
Tankards as a drinking vessel are an invention of the renaissance. The bourgeoisie used them mostly for drinking beer. The geographic extend of its use is limited to Germany, England and Scandinavia. Tankards were being made far into the eighteenth century, though beer glasses gradually replaced them. The silver tankards became then an even more luxurious object.
The type of the tankard that is tapering on the upper side was mostly developed in South-Germany. Augsburg as a famous city of goldsmiths presents also tankards, which with their amusing décor – similar to the one of the present tankard – emphasize the light mood of beer drinking.
Maker: Jeremias Güntz, Protestant, was born in Leipzig. In 1647, he was candidate for the acquisition of the right of being a master goldsmith in Augsburg and in 1648 he got married to Anna Maria Roll. He died in 1686.
Some of the works of Jeremias Güntz are in private collections, such as the collection of the Esterházy Palace, Austria.
Period: 1600-1750, 17th century
Origin: Germany, Augsburg
Signature: City’s hallmark: a Pyr for Augsburg, 1649/53 (Seling 2007, Nr. 0570).
Maker’s mark: Monogram „IG“ in a round shield for Jeremias Güntz (Seling 2007, Nr. 1543) „Tremulierstich“ (assay control of silver content).
Dimensions: 18 cm (7¹/₈ inches)
Literature: Seling, Helmut, Die Augsburger Gold- und Silberschmiede 1529-1868, Bd. I-III, München: Beck Verlag, 1980-2007
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