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Johann Eberhardt Eckher, circa 1661.
Galerie J. Kugel, Paris.
Post Lot Text
A GERMAN SILVER-GILT CUP AND COVER
MAKER'S MARK OF JOHANN ADAM KIENLIN THE ELDER, ULM, CIRCA 1660
On shaped circular lobed foot, the stem shaped as a tree trunk with woodchopper, the grape-shaped bowl and cover with angel finial holding an engraved banner, the interior of the cover with inscription, marked on base and body
The inscription on the banner is 'GÿCKH UND SEGEN HEÿ UND LEBEN WOLLE GOTT HERRN EKERN GEBERN' which translates as Luck and Benediction Salvation and Life God grants it to [the] Ekern [family].
The inscription in the cover is 'MUNUS HOC NUPTIALE CARISSIMO DNO ECKERO AFFINI DULCISSIMO CUM OMNIGNAE FELICITATIS VOTO OFFERUNT GEORG FRID:WAGNER D.SÿNDIC GEORG FRID:WALLISSER ARCHIGRAM JOHAN ERSNT LEDERER D.PHÿSIC', which translates as Georg Frideric Wagner, Georg Frideric Wallisser and Johan Ernst Lederer present this wedding gift to their dearest Lord Ecker and wish him happiness.
This cup is the wedding gift from three prominent citizens of Esslingen as shown by the inscription engraved on the cover. Johann Eberhardt Eckher was born on 27th January 1635 in Tubingen where he studied law and philosophy before moving to Esslingen in 1661 and marrying Rosina Essig. He held several official positions in the town council before becoming mayor in 1692. He died in 1707.
Johann Adam Kielin the Elder was a very prolific goldsmith. It is interesting to note that the figure finial of the cup is identical to the stem of a 'Hansel im Keller'cup. (See E. Maus, Goldschmiedkunst in Ulm, Ulm, 1990, p. 62-63).
These cups have frequently been described as pineapple cups though most historians now agree on calling them grape-shaped cups or Traubenpokal since pineapples were only imported in Europe from the 1640s (H. Newman, An illustrated dictionary of silverware, London, 1987, p.240).