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Galerie J. Kugel, Paris.
Post Lot Text
AN EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE GERMAN PARCEL-GILT EWER
MAKER'S MARK OF ABRAHAM II WARNBERGER, AUGSBURG, 1691-1695
On oval crimped base, the bulbous body repoussé and chased, with winged putti heads on large scrolling foliage, the stem formed as a figure of Mars holding a jousting lance, the bulbous body similarly chased to the foot, the cover with large leaves, putto finial and auricular scroll handle, marked on border, cover and scrolling handle, assay scrape beneath and engraved with inventory numbers and weights No 1 Tp:D:W: 10cp: 38.30w No 21
The Mars stem is similar to the one used by Hans Jakob I Baur for a cup (see L. Seelig, Silber und Gold, Augsburger Goldschmiedekunst für die Höfe Europas, Munich, 1994, fig. 38) which is indicative both of the using of common design sources as well as of the personal links that existed between goldsmiths. Abraham Warnberger married Barbara Bessmann, daughter of the goldsmith David Bessmann who worked closely with Hans Jakob Baur.
Cups and ewers in this size were often made as suitably imposing ambassadorial gifts to be displayed on buffets to demonstrate the power, authority and wealth of its owner.