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“The Hatzfeld cup”

A silver-gilt mounted rock crystal covered cup on foot

Nuremberg, circa 1640
By Hans Schauer (1634‑1659)
The rock crystal: attributed to Georg Schwanhardt the Elder (1601‑1667)
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Details

H. 20, 5 cm (8 in.)

Provenance

Princely and then Ducal Hatzfeld collection, castle of Trachenberg, Silesia

Comparative litterature

Meyer‑Heisig (Erich), Der Nürnberger Glasschnitt des 17. Jahrhunderts,
1963, p.39‑41, WT36 & WT39

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“The Hatzfeld cup” - Galerie Kugel
“The Hatzfeld cup” - Galerie Kugel
“The Hatzfeld cup” - Galerie Kugel
“The Hatzfeld cup” - Galerie Kugel

“The Hatzfeld cup”

A silver-gilt mounted rock crystal covered cup on foot

Nuremberg, circa 1640
By Hans Schauer (1634‑1659)
The rock crystal: attributed to Georg Schwanhardt the Elder (1601‑1667)
Enquire
“The Hatzfeld cup” - Galerie Kugel
“The Hatzfeld cup” - Galerie Kugel

Rock crystal carving, considered by the Ancient as petrified water, an art form that was highly prized in Antiquity, enjoyed a renaissance in Europe particularly between the 14th and 17th century. The beauty of this remarkably hard material lies in its transparency and only the most skillful artists managed to sculpt it.

The great collectors of the Renaissance had to have mounted rock crystal objects for their cabinets of curiosities. The delicate engraving is in the style of Georg Schwanhardt, Nuremberg’s finest glass and rock crystal engraver, and research reveals an active correspondence between the latter and the Hatzfeld family.

“The Hatzfeld cup” - Galerie Kugel
“The Hatzfeld cup” - Galerie Kugel