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  • Place of origin:

    Nuremberg (made)

  • Date:

    1590-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Petzold, Hans (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 5

Hans Petzold of Nuremberg is one of the most renowned goldsmiths of the late 16th century. The exceptionally fine chasing (hammering into relief) displayed on this tazza (standing dish) justifies his reputation. The bowl is decorated with depictions of the seven virtues: Faith, Prudence, Hope, Justice, Temperance, Fortitude and, in the centre, Charity as the chief virtue. The tazza would probably have been displayed on a sideboard or taken pride of place on the dining table, piled high with fruits or sweetmeats.

Physical description

With relief scenes of the Cardinal Virtues laid out in 7 roundels, separated by masks and strapwork, the stem formed of 3 demi figures separated by masks, the circular foot with stylised leaf decoration on the border.

Place of Origin

Nuremberg (made)


1590-1600 (made)


Petzold, Hans (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Maker’s mark for Hans Petzolt
On the upper side of the rim of the foot and on the bowl.

Town mark for Nuremberg
On the upper side of the rim of the foot and on the bowl.


Diameter: 19.70 cm bowl, Height: 16.70 cm

Object history note

TS: gilding horrid but the design is marvellous. Interesting why outside of the bowl is not chased like 553-1874 - has it possibly lost an outer layer?? See Jamnitzer catalogue for more information on Petzold.
Purchase - (£180) Joseph Bond

Descriptive line

Tazza, with relief scenes of the Cardinal Virtues laid out in 7 roundels, silver-gilt, Hans Petzold, Nuremberg, 1590-1600

Labels and date

Silver-gilt, embossed and chased, the stem cast
Marked for Hans Petzolt (b.1551; master 1578; d.1633)
German (Nuremberg); about 1590-1600
From the Joseph Bond Collection
The bowl chased with the seven Virtues. Hans Petzolt was one of the most famous Nuremberg goldsmiths whose workshop specialised in the manufacturer of grand presentation cups and vessels. He provided 84 to the Nuremberg City Council alone for presentation to important visitors. This tazza, like the other in this case (553-1874), was theoretically a drinking vessel, although it would almost certainly have been used only for display. []






Food vessels & Tableware; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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