Description & Technical information

The foot of this diamond-cut tankard is vaulted with an embossed lamb's tongue frieze. Above it is raised the body in a splendid and impressive décor, so-called diamond-cut pattern or diamond décor. The cast side-handle has a herm and an artfully thumb-rest. The lid is hinged and decorated with a cast, round silver-gilt finial.

Objects with diamond-cut pattern in the art of goldsmith find their inspiration in architecture. During the renaissance was used for instance in Italy a way of cutting stones for the rustication of a building, the diamond-point cut stone. The surface of the stone on a square façade is formed like a half-octahedron. On a rectangular form, it is formed in the middle a kind of edge, which distinguishes slightly or strongly. The name is given due to the similarity to the shaped diamond, which is cut in a four-sides pyramidal form.

B I O G R A P H Y: Lorenz Ott from Walda Neuburg (Palatinate). In 1582 he became master craftsman and died in 1632. In 1593, he delivered 13 gilded drinking vessels and in 1595 20 gilded cups to for the court of Palatinate.
Weight approx. 540g

Date:  1590
Period:  1400-1600, 16th Century
Origin:  Germany
Medium: silver-gilt, Diamond Cut
Signature: MARKS: City emblem “N” for Nuremberg around 1590 (Literature M. Rosenberg,
Vol. III, No. 3758)
MAKER: „LO“ oval-shaped for Lorenz Ott (Literature M. Rosenberg,
Vol. III, No. 4034).

Dimensions: 22 cm (8⁵/₈ inches)
Categories: Silver