Description & Technical information

Above the moulded base with small beading, the plain body of the vessel arises with protruding engraved illustration of the twelve Apostles. Frontal large engraved family coat of arms, double scroll thumbpiece and terminating in a scroll-decorated escutcheon on the cast ear-shaped handle with the inscription of the owner/commanding customer: "Anna Suren Sandin 1693".
This type of tankard is practically a copy of the so-called Creussener Steinzeug, stoneware produced in the city of Creussen, near Bayreuth, since the sixteenth century. Creussen stoneware tankards with metal mountings with the decoration of the twelve Apostels were quite popular in the sixteenth and seventeenth century (see an example in the Victoria & Albert Museum). This tankard made in silver is obviously, an even more luxurious version of this type of drinking vessels. The very coat of arms engraved originally in the most detail as well as the name of the owner show that is it about a very particular object, maybe a gift on the occasion of a marriage.
Maker: Peter Andreas Händel was born in 1638, and became a master in 1671. He died after 1704. Works of Peter Andreas Händel from the collection of Graf Dönhoff Friedrichstein are located at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg. A beaker of Händel with a dioramic relief illustration of the twelve Apostles is located in the former  Tragheimer Church  at Königsberg.

Weight: 445 gr.

Date:  1689/90
Period:  1600-1750, 17th century
Origin:  Germany
Medium: Silver Parcel-Gilt
Signature: Marks: Königsberg ca. 1689/90 (Lit W.Scheffler No 56)

Dimensions: 12 cm (4³/₄ inches)
Provenance: German Private Collection

Categories: Silver