The digital transformation process is in full swing. We also want to take this into account and see the possibilities of digitization as an asset that we want to use in particular for our customers.

The presentation of the objects on our website makes it possible to inform you about interesting new acquisitions and to present them with detailed photos and detailed descriptions, without a physical visit. It is always important  to provide you with as much information as possible about the respective art objects. However, this is not always easy with historical objects.

But if it is possible, as with our latest acquisition, the



forefather of the world-famous fashion designer Emilio Pucci (1914-1992),

whose innovative compositions of form and colors should revolutionize the fashion world.

in original, gold-embossed leather case


Florence: first quarter of the 19th century

Maker’s mark: MZ: “CODACCI in the trapeze” for the “Bottega di Codacci” and G.C in the rectangle for Guiseppe Codacci, see: Bemporad, Argenti Fiorentini, p. 406, no. 207 a, 207b and 207c

H of the Ecuelle 18,5 cm, Ø of the plate 21,5 cm; Total weight: 852 g.


Travel service, consisting of three parts, in an original, gold-embossed leather case, with lock and latch, protected by fine blue velvet lining. Embossed on the lid: “SOUVENIR”.

Silver; gilded, engraved, hallmarked, chased, cast, with engraved monogram.

The elegant Florentine travel service from the important workshop of the Codacci goldsmith family consists of an ecuelle with a lid, a plate and spoon.

In the center of the mirror of the plate and on the lid of the ecuelle, the coat of arms of the Florentine noble Pucci family is engraved with a leaf crown and the motto “CANDIDA PRAECORDIA” (shimmering white in front of the heart / white at heart), which is today still registered as a trademark for the Pucci fashion label.

The monogram engraving “OP” is located on the handle end of the spoon. The travel service was commissioned by Marchese Orazio Emilio Pucci di Barsento (1774-1824) and inherited within the Pucci family.

The Pucci di Barsento family

The Pucci were first mentioned in the 13th century and are among the oldest and most influential Florentine noble families. Antonio Pucci (1350-after 1416) was a politician and member of the Arte di Legnaioli. He worked as an architect on the construction of the Loggia della Signoria. His descendants were merchants, politicians, bankiers and art patrons. As a patrician, they held important political positions in Florence. During the Renaissance, the Pucci were Medici allies. They played a key role in shaping the development of Florence. At the beginning of the 16th century, the Pucci provided three cardinals. In 1662, Orazio Roberto Pucci acquired the fief of Barsento (Bari) and the hereditary title of nobility Marchese di Barsento. Orazio Emilio Pucci di Barsento (1774-1824) was Mayor of Florence from 1809-1813, at exactly the time when Élisa Baciocchi (Napoleon’s oldest sister) resided in the Palazzo Pitti as Grand Duchess of Florence. His descendants were Roberto Orazio Pucci di Barsento (1822-1891) diplomat and patron of the arts, whose grandson Orazio Pucci di Barsento (1880-1944) was the father of the world-famous fashion designer Emilio Pucci (1914-1992), whose innovative compositions of form and colors should revolutionize the fashion world.

The Bottega di Codacci

Angelo (Angiolo) di Codacci (active in Florence between 1773 and 1821) made numerous works for the Chiesa di San Lorenzo and other churches in Florence. To this day, many of his goldsmith objects are kept in the Tesoro della Basilica di San Lorenzo and in other Florentine churches, which indicates the special appreciation of the work.

The maker’s mark “CODACCI in the trapeze” was used by Angelo Codacci and his sons, Filippo Codacci (documented in 1833) and Guiseppe Codacci (documented in Florence 1825-41). In 1821, Guiseppe signed receipts for the Bottega di Codacci for the Chiesa di San Michele Visdomini. Apparently, he took over his father’s workshop this year and continued it with his brother Filippo Codacci.

A writing cassette by Giuseppe and Filippo Codacci, documented for 1833, is located in the Museo degli Argenti in Florence: its functionality is emphasized by the practical rectangular shape and clear lines, but skillfully loosened up by the targeted use of palmettes at the corners.

All three parts of our Pucci travel service are in excellent condition and of heavy quality. Smoothly polished surfaces combine with a clear, elegant design: the plate rim and lid rim of the ecuelle are framed by an elaborately worked ornamental band, an ionic kymation. The economical use of decor highlights the artistically screwed-in handles of the ecuelle, which are made of goosenecks and heads. It emphasizes the finely crafted eagle, which seems to be settling on the spherical lid knob. The high-quality execution in connection with stylish, noble decor and classicistic forms was a trademark of the Bottega di Codacci, which is clearly emphasized in the literature.

In the first quarter of the 19th century, classicistic vessel shapes, combined with artistically curved animal necks as handles or animal heads as spouts, were particularly en vogue in Florence. The reason for this, was the lasting influence of French goldsmiths from the court of Napoleon Bonaparte, such as Martin-Guillaume Biennais: Élisa Baciocchi, Napoleon’s oldest sister, equipped her parade apartment in the Palazo Pitti, during her reign as Grand Duchess in Florence (between 1809 and 1814), with silk, brocade, porcelain, bronzes and silverware from Paris. Francesco Fontani, the trade controller, complained to Emilio Pucci (Mayor of Florence between 1809-1813) that the Florentine silversmiths were more likely to sell silver objects than to manufacture them themselves. French goldsmiths already had influence during the reign of Ferdinand of Lorraine, the Grand Duke Ferdinand III. of Florence. Between 1790 and 1801 he had Guillaume Biennais’ silver dinner service completed by the Scheggi and Gaetano Guadagni goldsmith’s workshops. Exactly those goldsmith workshops were considered the most important ones next to the Bottega di Codacci in the first quarter of the 19th century in Florence. Like the Bottega di Codacci, they worked for the Chiesa di San Lorenzo.

Marchese Oratio Emilio Pucci (1774-1824) bought our travel service from the Codacci goldsmith’s workshop at the end of his life, a goldsmith’s work à la mode française, that followed the classicistic style of France, but came from Florence, which was most probably a special concern for the former mayor of Florence.


Presumably, former Court Council Dr. Ernst Marquardsen, Bad Kissingen; art auction Altkunst G.m.b.H., Freiburg im Breisgau, 27.-29. November 1928.

We were pleased to be able to take you on this little journey through time!
More photos and information about this extraordinary object can be found here.
Please feel free to contact us at any time if you would like to find out more about our objects.

Stay healthy and take care!
Best regards
your Helga Matzke team

After the standstill during the first phase of the corona pandemic, a transformation process has started which is really amazing. At first the new channels of communication and presentation  completely had to replace the visit to the museum,
but with the gradual opening of the museums it became clear once again how important and systemically relevant art and culture are for our society.

Nevertheless, the new opportunities of digitalization are an absolute gain for the museums and the public. The digital offers complement and deepen the visit to the museum in a unique and wonderful way.

With this in mind, today, after looking around the German and European museums in recent weeks for significant historical silver, we would like to present you with this newsletter some wonderful objects that are in the collections of American museums.

We wish you exciting reading and great discoveries.
We would of course be very happy if you also browse our website.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

toilet set in original leathercase
Augsburg 1743/45
14 identified german goldsmiths, Japanese Imari

Silver-gilt bowl
Cypriot, ca. 725–675 B.C

Teakettle. lamp and table
London: 1724–25

Simon Pantin I

Automaton in Form “Diana and the stag”
Joachim Friess, ca. 1620

Reliquary Statuette of Saint Christopher
French, ca. 1375-1425

Tureen with Stand
Bernhard Heinrich Weyhe,
Augsburg 1769–71

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

“La Machine d’Argent” or Centerpiece for a table
Francois Thomas Germain, Paris 1754

Teureen, Liner and stand (one of a pair)
Thomas Germain, arm added by François-Thomas Germain, Paris 1726/29

Pair of Stags
Johann Ludwig Biller the Elder, Augsburg 1680/1700

Pair of Lidded Tureens
Paul Storr, London 1807

Ewer and Basin
Abraham Pfleger I, Augsburg 1583

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

David Willaume ILondon 1708-09

Diana and Stag – Automaton
Joachim Fries, Augsburg 1610-20

Ewer and Basin
Unknown Artist, engraved P over M
London 1567-68

Sauceboat with Liner and Stand
François-Thomas GermainParis 1756-59

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Recumbent Stag Hirsch, Drinkingvessel
Unknown Artist, Nuremberg ca. 1620

Abraham Carlile, Philadelphia 1790

Paul Crespin, London 1694

Tea Canister
Louis Guichard, London 1748

Joseph and Nathaniel Richardson, Philadelphia 1777

Tea Caddy
Joseph and Nathaniel Richardson, Philadelphia 1777

The Art Institute, Chicago

Horse and Rider
Hans Ludwig Kienle, Ulm ca 1600

Tureen with Stand
marked by Jean-Françoise Dapcher
attributed to François-Thomas Germain
Paris 1773/74

Sauceboat with Stand (one of a pair)
Martin Guillaume Biennais, Paris 1794/97

Thomas Bolton, Dublin 1703

Drinking Tazza with a Seabattle
Lisbon 1550/1600

Cincinnati Art Museum

Coffee Jug
Paul de Lamerie, London 1738

The Cleveland Museum of Art

Covered Tureen with Stand
designed by 
Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier
made by Pierre-François Bonnestrenne
Paris 1735–38

Jean Baptiste Claude OdiotParis ca. 1817

Please feel free to contact us at any time if you would like to find out more about our objects.

Stay healthy and take care!
Best regards,
your Helga Matzke team

Drinking bowl, Silver partly-gilt, Brig 1664, Anton Tuffitscher
Drinking bowl, Silver partly-gilt, Brig 1664, Anton Tuffitscher
During the first phase of the Corona crisis, the art and culture world seemed to be standing completely still. At least at first glance.
But behind closed doors, creative artists and museums have opened up new channels of communication and presentation.
The new digital offers from museums and artists have been very well received in the past few weeks and have once again shown how important and above all how systemically relevant art and culture are for our society.
We are all in an important transformation process that will continue for quite a while.
A lot will change for good.

The positive attitude of the art and cultural world of recognizing new opportunities in this crisis and seizing the associated opportunities to find new formats for communication and presentation is astonishing

Therefore, today we would like to present to you the second part of our creative contribution for friends of historical silver in everyday Corona.

As in the last newsletter, we have listed a selection of outstanding objects made of (gilded) silver, which you can access by clicking on them. This time we are moving to other European countries.

Now we wish you exciting reading and great discoveries!
We would of course be very happy if you also browse our website.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
 Drinking Vessel “Riding Husar”
Cup, Nuremberg 1593-1600, Friedrich Hillebrandt
Cup with a lid, so called “Dürer-Cup”, Nuremberg around 1500
Cup of Emperor Friedrich III, Burgundian-Dutch; 3rd quarter of the 15th century
 Drinking horn, Northern Germany, 2nd Half of the 15th century

Hofburg, Vienna
Silver Collection
Altfranzösischer Tafelaufsatz, 1838 
Mailänder Tafelaufsatz von Luigi Manfredini, 1838

Wawel Royal Castle, Crakow
Treasury and Armoury

Saltworks Museum Wieliczka, Crakow
Saltcellars Collection

Heremitage, St Petersburg
Silver Mirror, Transkuban, 7th century BC 
Silver Bowl on a Stem, 1st half 13th/14th century
Silver Cup, Goldene Horde, 11th century
Rhyton, Asia, 3rd/2nd century
Fountain, Melchior I Gelb, 1640-1645
Nautilus-Cup, Pezer Wiber, Nuremberg around 1604

Kremlmuseum Moskau

Drinking Vessel “Horse of Charles I Stuart, King of England, David Schwestermüller, Augsburg 1639-49 
Ewer “Lion”, Heinrich Mannlich, Augsburg 1674
Cup with a lid, Jeremias Ritter, Nuremberg ca. 1640

Louvre, Paris
Candle Stick, Pierre Jourdan Barry, Paris 1621-51
Drinking horn, Persia, End of the 6th century 
Vessel handle in the form of a winged ibex with its hooves resting on a mask of Silenus, Persia 4th c.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Turban Shell Cup. Jörg Ruel, Nürnberg 1600-1625
Nautilus, anonymous, around 1590
Beaker of St. Marie in Utrecht, Thijmen van Leeuwen, 1686

Victoria &Albert Museum, London
Buckelpokal, Cup and Cover, Augsburg 1480-1499
“The Mérode Cup”, France around 1400
“The Habsburg-Rosenberg Cup” Augsburg, ca 1665
Tankard, Hungary around 1600
Beaker, Grenter, Courakt, Strassburg 1560

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Monteith, George Garthorne, London 1684/85
Cake Basket, John White, London 1735
Salver, Paul de Lamerie, London 1725
Cup and cover in the form of a stag or elk, Augbsurg 1605/10

We are very happy to be able to stimulate you positively during this time. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you would like to find out more about our objects.

Stay healthy and take care!
Best regards,
your Helga Matzke team

With this article, we would like to throw our special focus onto the European drinking culture and go through some interesting facts and types of historical drinking vessels made of silver.

With this newsletter, we would like to inform you on our manifold projects and interesting acquisitions.

The preparations for TEFAF Maastricht (March 16-24, 2019) are in full swing. We do hope to welcome you at our booth, number 165. On this occasion, we would like to present you a selection of our new objects and highlights.

Cleaning Silver plate

The shimmer of the antique silver makes up the charm of an object. We give you here some advice on how to clean antique silver, like antique plates.

Helga Matzke European Silver possesses a rich collection of beakers and silver objects. We are thus very excited to have enriched our collections and present you here the new acquisitions of this season.

Still life, the art of representing inanimate objects and artefacts, inspire us time and again, to initiate a dialogue between our historical silver, painting and old masters.

The preparations for the TEFAF Maastricht (March 10-18, 2018) are in full swing and we will bring this year again our top-objects. Herewith, we would like to present you a selection of our highlights, which you will find at booth number 165.

royal silver sauceboats, 18th century

Just a few weeks away from the holiday season, we would like to present you with our newest art objects in historical silver.

Antique silver has been established over the years as a secure investment. The desire to possess and live with silver objects is also ours and for this, we would like to share our experience and perspective. More than that, we strive to be your experienced and professional expert who can guide you through the wonderful and very enriching world of historical silver.

Travelling is an activity that human beings love to undertake. Let us explore in closer detail how exactly antique silver is connected to travelling and to some objects made of it.

Coffeepot silver

How about a warm cup of coffee poured from an original, historical, silver coffee pot? Or would you prefer a warm cup of tea or even better chocolate? Have you ever come up to the thought how close the history of hot beverages and silver in Europe and the world is? Let us follow a short historical path to it today. You will definitely not be able to resist the charm of historical silver and the strong aroma of a hot cup of your favorite hot drink after that.


Silver just like gold have experienced as materials different uses. The aesthetic value of antique silver objects has been recognised very early and many famous personalities were ardent silver collectors. Discover more with this article.

You will find in the future from time to time different articles on our webpage around historic silver in order to accompany our catalogue published this year.