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Tazza

  • Place of origin:

    Slaskie, Poland (made)

  • Date:

    1619 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, cast and engraved

  • Credit Line:

    The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:GILBERT.19-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image in copyright

A tazza was often used as a support for a wine cup or spice plate. Reflecting the Renaissance revival of interest in antiquity, this bowl on a pedestal is inset with ancient Roman and later coins.

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Schatzkammer is one of the few collections of its kind formed in the late 20th century. The Schatzkammer, or treasury, was a new concept in the 16th century. It referred to a special chamber in which the most precious artefacts of a princely collection were housed. Gold and jewelled objects were mounted alongside exotic natural curiosities, including rock crystal, nautilus shells and ostrich eggs. Together they demonstrated not only the wonders of nature and the technical achievements of the artist, but also the intellect and culture of the patron.

Sir Arthur Gilbert and his wife Rosalinde formed one of the world's great decorative art collections, including silver, mosaics, enamelled portrait miniatures and gold boxes. Arthur Gilbert donated his extraordinary collection to Britain in 1996.

Physical description

Gold tazza overall set with gold coins from different periods. It has two flat handles on demi-figure brackets and a short tapered foot.

Place of Origin

Slaskie, Poland (made)

Date

1619 (dated)

Artist/maker

Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, cast and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

German dedication of the object to the memory of a mother of seven children, Mrs. Schönaich, née Burghaus by her sons, Hanns and Sebastian. In memory of lady Eva Schönaich, née Burghaus, a mother of seven children, her two surviving sons, Hanns and Sebastian / [handle] / the former being the first owner of the succession of the Beunisch [prob. Beuthen in Silesia] estate, the latter of the succession of the estates of Altendorff and Schlaupiz had this [tazza] made * in the year 1619 *
Records day of death of Mrs Schönaich as 19 January 1619 in German In the year * 1619 * died on the 19th day of January

Dimensions

Height: 7 cm, Diameter: 23 cm, Weight: 460 g

Object history note

Provenance: Arturo Lopez-Willshaw (1900-1962); Sotheby's London. Twenty Five Renaissance Jewels and Works of Art from the collection of the late Arturo Lopez-Willshaw, 10 May 1974, lot 5; Kugel, Paris, 1988

Descriptive line

Gold and enamel tazza, Silesia, 1619.

Labels and date

Bowl (tazza) inlaid with
Roman coins
1619

A tazza was often used as a wine cup or spice plate.
Reflecting the Renaissance revival of interest in
antiquity, this bowl on a pedestal is inset with ancient
Roman coins.

Poland (Silesia)
Gold and enamel
Inscribed in German in memory of Frau Schonaich from
her sons, dated 1619
Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.19-2008 [2009]

Materials

Gold

Techniques

Engraving (incising); Casting; Punching

Subjects depicted

Jesus Christ; Domitian; Valentinian

Categories

Metalwork; Coins & Medals; Food vessels & Tableware

Collection code

MET

Qr_O156626
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