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A Continental Parcel-Gilt Silver Beaker

MAKER'S MARK IS OR SI CONJOINED, POSSIBLY HUNGARIAN 17TH CENTURY

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A Continental Parcel-Gilt Silver Beaker
Maker's mark IS or SI conjoined, possibly Hungarian 17th century
The slightly tapering circular section beaker with a snakeskin ground and a plain gilded rim and foot, each with incised lines, with an engraved leaf medallion engraved with a crest
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3 7/8in. (9.8cm.) high, 6.5oz. (200gr.)
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Lot Essay

A slightly larger beaker also with textured decoration and engraved with a very similar cartouche is in the collection of Nicolas M. Salgo and is illustrated in Judit H. Kolba, Hungarian Silver The Nicolas M. Salgo Collection, page 31, number 9.

That beaker, which Judit Kolba suggests is by a master working in Nagyszombat during the late 16th century, is possibly by the same maker as the example here, although the shape of the punch is slighly different.

Nagyszombat is a town some 115 miles north west of Budapest. It gained prominence when the Archbishop of Esztergom and Primate of Hungary made it his residence following the capture of Esztergom by the Turks in 1543. Many churches and convents were built there and the town became known as 'Little Rome.'

Two silver-gilt stacking beakers of similar form, also made in Nagyszombat, circa 1720, were sold at Christie's London, 11 June 2003, lot 134 for £13,145
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