Very Fine German Silver Gilt Diamond-Cut Tankard

Object Number: #102

MARKS: City emblem “N” for Nuremberg around 1590 (Literature M. Rosenberg,
Vol. III, No. 3758)
MAKER: „LO“ oval-shaped for Lorenz Ott (Literature M. Rosenberg,
Vol. III, No. 4034).
Height: 22cm, weight approx. 540g


Detailed Information

The foot of this diamond-cut tankard is vaulted with an embossed lamb’s tongue frieze. Above it the body is raised with a splendid and impressive décor, described as a diamond-cut pattern or diamond décor. The cast side-handle has a herm and an artfully thumb-rest. The lid is hinged and decorated with a cast, round silver-gilt finial.

Objects with the goldsmith diamond-cut pattern were inspired by architecture. During the renaissance they were used for instance in Italy as a way of cutting stones for the rustication of a building – the diamond-point cut stone. The surface of the stone on a square façade is formed like a half-octahedron. On a rectangular form, it is formed in the middle a kind of edge, which is distinguished slightly or strongly. The name is given due to the similarity of the shaped diamond to the four-sided pyramidal form it is cut from.

B I O G R A P H Y: Lorenz Ott from Walda Neuburg (Palatinate). In 1582 he became master craftsman and died in 1632. In 1593, he produces 13 gilded drinking vessels, and in 1595 20 gilded cups to for the court of Palatinate.