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Lot 1048* - A204 Decorative Arts - Thursday, 30. March 2023, 10.00 AM


Nuremberg, ca. 1636-39. Maker's mark Johann III. Wolff.
The ewer and basin are closely related and form a compositional unit. The oval basin has a curved rim decorated with chased and punched scrolls and shells. Four cartouches are directed to the center of the basin and are decorated with putti riding sea monsters. The ewer has a tall, baluster-shaped foot, and features the continuation of the design of the basin. Short spout with a sculpted dolphin head. Lion finial with escutcheon and engraved coat of arms of the Harsdorf family of Enderndorf under Baronial crown.
The foot of the ewer of later date.
Basin 46 × 38 cm, ewer H 24.5 cm. Total weight 1,770 g.

- Owned by the Harsdorf von Enderndorf [Harsdörffer] family until 1994, proven from 1885 at the latest.
- 22 November1994, Koller Auctions, Zurich, Lot No. 2104.
- 1994-1997 Kunsthandel Payer, Zurich.
- German private collection, acquired at the above Art dealer.

- Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Ed.): Nürnberger Goldschmiedekunst 1541-1868, Vol. I, Nuremberg 2007, No. 986, p. 458 [mentioned in the bibliography].
- Sales Catalog Zurich, Payer 1997, pp. 40-41 (with illustrations).
- Marc Rosenberg: Der Goldschmiede Merkzeichen, Vol. 3, Third edition, Frankfurt am Main 1925, No. 4237.
- Exhibition Catalog Nuremberg 1906: Historische Ausstellung der Stadt Nürnberg auf der Jubiläums-Landes-Ausstellung, Nuremberg 1906, Nos. 129 and 130.
- Exhibition Catalog Nuremberg 1885: Internationale Ausstellung von Arbeiten aus edlen Metallen und Legirungen in Nürnberg, Published by the Bayerisches Gewerbemuseum, Nürnberg 1885, p. 42, No. 792.

The ensemble of objects on offer has an interesting provenance and exhibition history. Its origin can be traced back to the late 19th century, based on the excellent documentation in the research and exhibition literature. It comes from the possession of an old Nuremberg patrician family, the Harsdorf von Enderndorf family, whose best-known representative Georg Philipp Harsdörffer (1607-1658) was an influential scholar in the first half of the 17th century. The aristocratic origin of the ensemble is also tangible in the object itself: The escutcheon held by the lion in its paws on the lid of the ewer shows the engraved coat of arms of the von Harsdorf under a baronial crown. Even though the Harsdorf von Enderndorf family was not elevated to the rank of Bavarian barons until 1841, it remains conceivable that the ewer with basin was already in the possession of the family from the 17th century onwards and the escutcheon underwent corresponding adjustments on the occasion of this distinction.

CHF 40 000 / 60 000 | (€ 41 240 / 61 860)

Sold for CHF 34 800 (including buyer’s premium)
All information is subject to change.