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German Augsburg Antique Silver Dish

£950

Stock: 10357

Date: Circa 1690

Country: Germany

An early antique German silver dish (or possibly wine taster) of plain oval form with a scalloped border. To the...

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Description

An early antique German silver dish (or possibly wine taster) of plain oval form with a scalloped border. To the centre there is a charming bird scene surrounded by shell border and pin prick designs. The cast side handles have a bird’s head design on top. Original interior gilding.

Weight 136 grams, 4.3 troy ounces.
Height 2.75cm. Top of dish measures 17.25 x 13.5cm. Spread 21.5cm.
Augsburg, Germany.
Makers mark “IK”.
Circa 1690.

Marks. Fully stamped on the outside rim with antique German silver marks for Augsburg.

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.

Condition

This silver dish is in good condition with moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. The decoration is still sharp. The gilt interior with minor losses, the colour is quite pale. Minor wear lines adjacent to the handles.

Maker Information

No maker assigned

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