The Met Acquires another Ewer from the Kugel Gallery at TEFAF

15/3/14 - Acquisition - New York, the Metropolitan Museum - The evening of the inauguration for TEFAF (the Maastricht Fair), the Metropolitan, which had recently acquired a ewer from the Kugel gallery (see news item of 6/2/14), again made a purchase from the same dealers, a second ewer with its basin [1] (ill. 1).

1. Max Weinold (?-1700)
Johann Mittnacht I (1643-1727)
Ewer in the shape of an ostrich and its basin, c. 1690
Silver and vermeil - H. (ostrich) : 36.5 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : Galerie Kugel

2. Johann Mittnacht I (1643-1727)
Basin, c. 1690
Silver and vermeil - Diameter 64 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : Galerie Kugel

These works, in silver and vermeil, date from the 17th century and were produced in Augsburg. The basin (ill. 2), decorated with a frieze of hearts around the border, bearing the arms of the Ledebur-Wichelns, is by the silversmith Johann Mittnacht I, master in 1671. However, the most original object is the ewer in the shape of an ostrich, produced by Max Weinold, the son of Johann Baptist Weinold I, master in 1665. It shows the same arms as the basin.
The ensemble, which probably belonged to the Bishop of Cologne, was acquired in Frankfurt in 1885 by Archibald, 5th Count of Rosebery. It resided previously in the dining room at Dalmeny House, near Edinburgh, the Rosebury castle. According to documents, only one other ewer with basin, comparable to this one, is known and was part of the treasure in the chapel of the monastery at Bad Iburg in Germany. It showed an ostrich atop a turtle, bearing a putto playing a trumpet. The cover of the one acquired by the Metropolitan also shows a small cupid with his quiver, bow and arrows.

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Didier Rykner, samedi 15 mars 2014


[1] All of the information presented in this news item was graciously provided by the Kugel Gallery directly.

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