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Holy Roman Empire, Charles V (1519-1558) and Ferdinand (I of Germany 1522-1564), silver gilt medal, dated 1547, by Concz Welcz, LVMI ET ORA CAROLI V IMPERATOREIS GRE FERDINADVS DG ROMANO BOE HVNG Z REX, busts of Charles on right and Ferdinand on left, vis--vis, both wearing caps and badges of the Golden Fleece, within architectural frame, a cherub with two shields in exergue, reverse, soldiers in a landscape, the battle of Mhlberg, CAPTIVITAS IOANIS FRIDERICI above, DVCIS SAXONIAE MDXLVII below, 57mm. (Bernhart 135, tf.X; Habich 1909, tf.201, 10; Lbbecke 417; Katz 313, tf.XLV.4; Markl 1980; Tentzel 13-V), rim pierced and plugged at 12 o'clock, very fine
Holy Roman Empire, Charles V (1519-1558) and Ferdinand (I of Germany 1522-1564), silver gilt medal, dated 1547, by Concz Welcz, LVMI ET ORA CAROLI V IMPERATOREIS GRE FERDINADVS DG ROMANO BOE HVNG Z REX, busts of Charles on right and Ferdinand on left, vis--vis, both wearing caps and badges of the Golden Fleece, within architectural frame, a cherub with two shields in exergue, reverse, soldiers in a landscape, the battle of Mhlberg, CAPTIVITAS IOANIS FRIDERICI above, DVCIS SAXONIAE MDXLVII below, 57mm. (Bernhart 135, tf.X; Habich 1909, tf.201, 10; Lbbecke 417; Katz 313, tf.XLV.4; Markl 1980; Tentzel 13-V), rim pierced and plugged at 12 o'clock, very fine

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Holy Roman Empire, Charles V (1519-1558) and Ferdinand (I of Germany 1522-1564), silver gilt medal, dated 1547, by Concz Welcz, LVMI ET ORA CAROLI V IMPERATOREIS GRE FERDINADVS DG ROMANO BOE HVNG Z REX, busts of Charles on right and Ferdinand on left, vis--vis, both wearing caps and badges of the Golden Fleece, within architectural frame, a cherub with two shields in exergue, reverse, soldiers in a landscape, the battle of Mhlberg, CAPTIVITAS IOANIS FRIDERICI above, DVCIS SAXONIAE MDXLVII below, 57mm. (Bernhart 135, tf.X; Habich 1909, tf.201, 10; Lbbecke 417; Katz 313, tf.XLV.4; Markl 1980; Tentzel 13-V), rim pierced and plugged at 12 o'clock, very fine
Provenance
Rothschild inv. no. LR28.

Lot Essay

This ambitious double portrait medal by the versatile engraver from the Joachimstal mint in Bohemia, Concz Welcz, can be compared to a similar medal by the same artist of about ten years before, which shows the same two sitters beneath a single arch and with a similar cherub holding two shields below. The reverse of the earlier medal shows a bird's eye view of the siege of Pavia (1525), taken from a graphic model published in 1530, with a wealth of detail, similar to the reverse of the present medal. The graphic model for the battle of Mhlberg (1547), was published in 1550. For the figure of Ferdinand I, Welcz has faithfully copied a portrait by Lucas Cranach, published as a woodcut in 1547. The emperor is portrayed as a widower, mourning his wife Anne who died in the same year.

The reverse of this medal records the capture of Johann Friedrich I, Elector of Saxony and leader of the Protestant cause in Germany, by the Imperial forces under the Duke of Alba, at Mhlberg, 24 April 1547.

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