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A GERMAN SILVER-GILT MOUNTED, SEMI-PRECIOUS STONE AND ROCK CRYSTAL CASKET
MAKER'S MARK OF JOHANN EISSLER, NUREMBERG, 1680-1685, THE ENGRAVING OF THE CRYSTAL ATTRIBUTED TO HERMANN SCHWINGER
Octagonal resting on eight rock crystal ball feet, each side and cover inset with oval crystal panels variously engraved with courting couples, children playing and a soldier firing a canon in landscape, the angles with swirling turquoise enamelled columns, the overall body applied with semi-precious stones and mother-of pearls cabochons, marked underneath and with assay scrape, with label with ink inscription ST.E.1503
Johann Eissler specialized in mounted objects particularly those in ivory. Although no other casket by this maker appears to have been recorded, several by makers such as Jonas Laminit or Balthasar Gelb of Augsburg are known as well as cups, covers and dishes with similar decoration made in Augsburg (see H. Seling, Die Kunst der Augsburger Goldschmiede, 1529-1868, Munich, 1980, fig. 551 et 552). The rock crystal engraving is attributed to Hermann Schwinger (1640-1683), a follower and possibly a pupil of Georg Schwanhardt (1601-1657). Schwanhardt inherited from Caspar Lehman, engraver to the Emperor Rudolf II in Prague, his imperial licence as well as his techniques which he further developed, creating a school in Nuremberg which is characterised by delicate tiny landscapes framed by bold scrollwork.