• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 31

    A SWEDISH PARCEL-GILT SILVER TANKARD

    MARK OF RUDOLF WITTKOPH, STOCKHOLM, 1699

    Price Realised  

    A SWEDISH PARCEL-GILT SILVER TANKARD
    MARK OF RUDOLF WITTKOPH, STOCKHOLM, 1699
    Cylindrical and on three ball feet, each below a cartouche chased with putto, the hinged cover engraved with foliage and an inscription dated 1699, the handle cast and chased with fruiting foliage, engraved under the base with initials, marked underneath
    7½ in. (19 cm.) high
    43 oz. (1,336 gr.)


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    Rudolph Wittkoph, master in 1687, was an accomplished maker in Stockholm in the late 17th and early 18th century. Another tankard with similar thumbpiece and on similar feet was in the Falk Simons collection (G. Munthe, Falk Simons Silversamling, 1938, p. 137, no. 175, pl. 56). He also produced a pair of filigree silver-gilt beakers and covers with enamelled floral bosses which are now in the collection of the Swedish National Museum (see Svenskt Silversmide 1520-1850, Stockholm, vol. 1, no. 478) and another example without enamel (op. cit., no. 481. Beakers of this type were very much in vogue in the late 17th century, as indeed was filagree generally across Europe at the time.

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