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Medal - Emblem of the Swiss Confederation
  • Emblem of the Swiss Confederation
    Stampfer, Hans Jakob, born 1505 - died 1579
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Emblem of the Swiss Confederation

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Switzerland (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1547 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stampfer, Hans Jakob, born 1505 - died 1579 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gilt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a silver gilt emblem of the Swiss Confederation made by Hans Jakob Stampfer in Switzerland. This was a commemorative medal made for Princess Claude of France. A gold version of this medal was given in 1547 to Princess Claude of France, the daughter of Henry II, as a christening gift by the Swiss Confederation. The date of this medal is therefore likely to be around 1547.

Stampfer was a Swiss die-cutter, medallist and goldsmith born in Zurich, who worked for the Mint in that city. He produced portrait-medals, seals, commemorative coins, not only for Zurich but also for other Swiss cities and German patrons, such as the Archbishop of Salzburg.

Place of Origin

Switzerland (made)


ca. 1547 (made)


Stampfer, Hans Jakob, born 1505 - died 1579 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver gilt

Marks and inscriptions


Diameter: 7.9 cm, Weight: 73.9 g

Object history note

Provenance: Soulanges. M. Jules Soulanges formed a large collection of decorative art mainly between 1830 and 1840. It was exhibited in Marlborough House, London, sponsored by a group of subscribers in 1856. Several objects were purchased by the then Department of Science and Art between 1859 and 1865.

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Medal, silver gilt, Emblem of the Swiss Confederation, by Jakob Stampfer, Germany, about 1547

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Trusted, Marjorie. German Renaissance Medals. Victoria & Albert Museum, 1990, p. 108
Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1865. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 37
Robinson, John Charles. Catalogue of the Soulages Collection. London: Chapman & Hall, 1856, p. 142
Habich, Georg. Die deutschen Schaumünzen des XVI. Jahrhunderts herausgegeben mit Unterstützung der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Notgemeinschaft der deutschen Wissenschaft Auftrag des Deutschen Vereins für Kunstwissenschaft. München: Bruckmann, 1929-1934, I, I. p. 127, no. 868, pl. CVIII, 10

Subjects depicted

Hands; Scroll; Escutcheon (coat of arms); Angel; Cross


Coins & Medals; Politics


Sculpture Collection

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