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AN AUSTRIAN SILVER-GILT EWER
AN AUSTRIAN SILVER-GILT EWER

VIENNA, POSSIBLY 17TH CENTURY, MAKER'S MARK A DEMI-DRAGON ABOVE THREE PELLETS

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AN AUSTRIAN SILVER-GILT EWER
VIENNA, POSSIBLY 17TH CENTURY, MAKER'S MARK A DEMI-DRAGON ABOVE THREE PELLETS
Of amphora-form, the scroll handle cast with a demi-female figure, the sides engraved with a scene of the presentation of the head of St. John the Baptist to King Herod on a drapery swag ground, centring an engraved coat-of-arms, the base set with a coin, marked near rim
4 7/8 in. (12 cm.) high
11 oz. (355 gr.)
The arms are those of the Austrian noble family of Haf(f)ner, almost certainly for Augustin Haffner. Haffner was ennobled by Emperor Rudolf II in 1604 when he was granted the rights to bear the arms described as 'Tranché a de gueules sur argent, á la bande d'azur, brochant sur le tranché et chargé de trois tetes de lion d'or, celle du milieu couronn du mme. Casque couronné'. Augustin Haffner was born around 1550 and served from 1604-1607 as Lord Mayor of Vienna. He was married to Eva Ernst and died in 1616.

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