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A GERMAN PARCEL-GILT EWER
MAKER'S MARK OF DAVID BESSMANN, AUGSBURG, 1651-1654
The shaped oval foot chased with matted auricular motifs, the putto stem dressed as a Roman soldier supporting the nautilus-shaped body, chased with a sea-monster, the cover with chased openwork wave ornament and in the center with a turtle-like animal, the scrolling handle with duck thumbpiece and knight finial, engraved below the spout and the handle with differing coats-of-arms, marked below the spout, on cover and handle and with assay scrape
The arms are those of Ferdinand Karl, Archiduke of Austria (1628-1662). Son of the Archduke Leopold V and Claudia de Medici, Ferdinand ruled Austria from 1646. An absolutist, he is also famous for his expensive lifestyle and passion for music.
The triple coats-of-arms are those of Benedikt Mamming zu Steinachheim und Fragsburg (1633-1706) at the centre, with those of his first wife, Brigitta Franziska Gräfin von Trauttmansdorff, on the left and those of his second wife, Maria Clara Freiin Colonna von Voels, on the right. He was one of the richest landed proprietors of the Austrian Tyrol and it may well be that this was a gift to him from the Imperial family on his second marriage circa 1684. At the same date he was building his luxurious new palace, known as Palais Aufführen.