Antique Augsburg Silver Dish

GBP 1,950.00

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Object Description

An excellent early German silver plaque of oval form with 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 a deer hunt and a pack of dogs are chasing 3 deer.

Weight 142 grams, 4.5 troy ounces.
Length 23.5cm. Width 20cm.
Augsburg, Germany.
Maker Jacob Warnberger.
Circa 1700.

Marks. Stamped on the top edge with German silver marks for Augsburg, clear and easy to read.

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.

Maker: Jacob Warnberger

Jacob Warnberger, German gold and silversmith, master 1677, working in Augsburg at the end of the 17th century. His son Johannes Warnberger became master goldsmith in 1710.

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Object Condition

This attractive dish is in very good condition. The embossed decoration still has good definition. Good colour. Show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age.

Object Details

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Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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