17 May 2011
A HUNGARIAN SILVER-GILT AND STONE-SET BUCKLE WITH FOUR BOSSES
MARK PROBABLY THAT OF GEORGIUS HOSSMANN, NAGYSZEBEN, LATE 17TH CENTURY
The buckle consists of two curved silver-gilt panels with openwork scrolls and set with baroque pearls and cabochon garnets, joined by a conical-shaped rosette formed of openwork silver-gilt scrolls set with baroque pearls, turquoises and garnets, issuing from one side of the buckle a section of velvet applied with three bosses similarly decorated with enamel flowerheads and set with turquoises, pearls and redstones, the velvet terminating with a hinged hook set with a pearl and garnet, possible alterations, marked on reverse of buckle, mark double-struck
21¼ in. (51.4 cm.) long
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László Mravik, "Sacco di Budapest:" Depredation of Hungary 1938-1949, 1998, cat. no. 20038, p. 341.
Exhibition of Old Cultural Pieces from Transylvania, Museum of Applied Art, Budapest, 1931, no. 311
For similar examples see Baroque Splendor, The Art of the Hungarian Goldsmith, 1994, cat. nos. 115, 136, 150, 173, and 174.
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