Frederick Augustus succeeded his brother John George IV in 1694 as Elector of Saxony and embarked on large ambitions. His ancestry shows that he was half of Brandenburg descent, mingled with other German strains. The more elaborate blazon of Saxony shows the shield of the Marshalcy over quarterings for Saxony, Thuringia, Magdeburg and Landsberg. In 1696 John Sobieski, King of Poland, died and Augustus the Strong, as he is usually known, put himself forward for election. He was crowned at Cracow in 1697. He held an extremely brilliant court in Dresden. Great patron of the Arts, he promoted the manufacture of the first European hard-paste porcelain in about 1709.
By repute this tankard has been given by an envoy of the Dutch United Provinces to Augustus the Strong in order to commemorate the first decade of his reign as King of Poland (1697-1707).
See D.F. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Delft, München, 1994, p. 378 for the mark of Lambertus van Eenhoorn (1651-1724, owner of de Metalen Pot in 1691).
See E. Hintze, Sächsische Zinngiesser, Aalen, 1964, p.71 nr. 342 for the pewter Meisterzeichen of Johann Christian Bösigke, born in Magdeburg, Meister in 1719, and still mentioned in 1754.