Antique Augsburg Silver Dish
Date: Circa 1700
An excellent early German silver dish of oval form having a decorative embossed design. The centre depicts a forest scene...
An excellent early German silver dish of oval form having a decorative embossed design. The centre depicts a forest scene with a gentleman riding a horse accompanied by a lady riding side saddle; a young page boy leads the way. The raised leafy border portrays in deep relief a deer hunt with a pack of dogs busily chasing 2 deer.
Weight 142 grams, 4.5 troy ounces.
Length 23.5 cms. Width 20 cms.
Marked on the top edge for Augsburg, Germany.
Maker Jacob Warnberger.
Augsburg’s wealth originated in Roman times when its sophisticated canal system facilitated trade in salt and silver. This route to Rome developed, over the centuries, into a main trading route.
By 1276 trade and banking were so important to this otherwise ordinary town that the burghers of Ausburg were able to make their home into a Free Imperial City. The local municipal government was able to make its own plans, raise its own taxes and legislate for its own laws.
The town’s wealth continued to grow, peaking in the 16th and 17th centuries, due to the export of gold and silver art, armour, the establishment of textile manufacturing, and the city’s continuing role in banking and finance. Wealthy, cultivated and powerful families became wonderful patrons of gold and silver art objects. And the demand must have been endless. Even when Augsburg had only 30,000 inhabitants, some 260-275 of them were occupied full time as master gold and silversmiths.
This attractive dish is in very good condition. The embossed decoration still has good definition. The marks are clear and easy to read. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
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