Two Silver-Gilt Fine Engraved German Baroque Beakers
The present beakers are a fine example for baroque in North Germany, made from an important maker. The slightly tapering, cylindrical body has a profiled rim and is elegantly engraved with fruit clusters, ribbon-tied fruits and pomegranate garlands. Under the rim, an engraved floral bordure on gilt background. The beaker have a gilt bordure at the lower rim of the body. The interior is gilt. Marked on base.
The beaker “A” 1673-1688 carries under the base later cyrillic lettering. See detail photo.
Two similar silver gilt beakers of Leonhard Rothaer I are shown at Schliemann, Volume III No. 337 and 338.
Leonhardt (Lenert) Rothaer I, born as son of Zacheus, realized his apprenticeship by Christian Munde and Hans Lambrecht between 1655-1660. In 1671, he became citizen as a goldsmith and a master maker. On the 15.11.1688, he became a warden and his mark was a “D”. Leonhardt Rothaer died in 1698. Leonhardt Rothaer I taught many apprentices – among them, his son Leonhard II. Many works of Leonhardt Rothaers I are in international museums and collections.
Scheffler, W., Goldschmiede Niedersachsens: Daten – Werke – Zeichen, 1. HBd.: Ärzen – Hamburg, Berlin: De Gruyter & Co., 1965.
Schliemann: Die Goldschmiede Hamburg, Vol: 2 Nr 43II, 46, 262.