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A GERMAN PARCEL-GILT HANSEATIC TANKARD
MAKER'S MARK OF HEINRICH I LAMBRECHT, HAMBURG, CIRCA 1599, ASSAY MASTER'S MARK OF JACOB SMIDT (1581-1599)
The domed spreading foot cast with soldiers' busts alternating with cartouches each with figure allegorical of the Roman virtues, Justice, Fertility, Felicity and Abundance, beneath bands of fruit and cartouches, the lower part of the body applied with a border depicting Neptune and Amphitrite and oval panels enamelled in green and blue with scrolls and central boss beneath a corded rib applied with winged cherubs' heads, the partly silver body engraved with strapwork, enclosing a snail, eagle and bee, the handle cast with masks, busts and caryatids and with a winged female at the base flanked by wirework terminating in two warriors' busts, the thumbpiece shaped as a female mask, the hinged cover repoussé with satyrs and hunting scene, the raised centre with angels' heads and further enamelled medallions on fluted terrace, the finial replaced, marked on base and also stamped with ownership mark, engraved W.88.L and additional house marks
These Hansakannen appeared in the Renaissance period and were used for drinking beer much favoured by the Burghers or merchants of these cities. These were generally made in Hamburg and Lübeck, the two most important silversmithing centres in the Northern part of Germany at this period.
This tankard bears a very strong resemblance to one dated 1588, by an unidentified maker (see H. Schliemann, Die Goldschmiede Hamburgs, vol.III, Hamburg, 1985, p. 98, fig. 198 and 198a).
This present lot is also struck with what appears to be an owner's stamp of three cockerels in a shield. These arms are borne by two families, Mycillus and von Aderam. Assuming the former, they may those of Julius Mycillus, Doctor in Law and Chancellor of the town of Oebringen (Baden-Württemberg). Alternatively, and probably more likely, due to the family being from the North of Germany, the arms may be those of Curt von Aderam from Mecklenburg.