Description & Technical information

The present tankard is decorated with open worked coating, acanthus leaf on base and lid bulge.
On the wall sides, the biblical scene of Rebecca and Eliezer (I Moses, 24, 15-22), with acanthus leaf decoration on the background. Rebecca and Eliezer are depicted in different scenes in a plastic, frieze-like way. This Biblical subject taken from Genesis prefigures the Annunciation: Eliezer, a servant of Abraham, was given the task of finding a wife for his son Isaac, and the picture shows the moment when he meets Rebecca drawing water from a well for her father?s herds to drink. It seems that the maker knew the famous painting with the same subject made by Nicolas Poussin in 1648 for the banker Jean Pointel (today at the Louvre, Paris) Rebecca and Eliezer at the Fountain.
On the lid, flying putti and putti head, also in open worked coating, complete the devout character of the Biblical scene on the corpus.
The thumb rest has a wide V-form and the side handle is formed like a mermaid, made with many details. The tankard is gilt inside, while on its exterior, it is partly gilt on the ring underneath the lid and on the foot.

Halle presents a production of tankard with a characteristic type for this city. August Hosse has exercised a strong influence: an important weight, wide diameter and impressive proportions. The open worked decoration was preferred, in order to show scenes originating from the bible or referring to myths.

Maker: August Hosse (1657-1732) was a public master craftsman and council Member of the city of Halle. On the 2nd September 1784 he was entered into the citizen’s book of Halle.

Date:  1700
Period:  1600-1750, 17th century
Origin:  Germany
Medium: Silver Parcel-Gilt
Signature: Marks: Halle/Saale 1700
City’s hallmark: town mark for Halle (Rosenberg, vol. 2, nr. 2305)
Maker’s mark: monogram “AH” for August Hosse (1657 – 1732) (Rosenberg, vol. 2, nr. 2324)
French tax mark for 1838-1864 (Rosenberg, vol. 4, nr. 5905)

Dimensions: 22.5 cm (8⁷/₈ inches)
Categories: Silver