Masterly silver tankard from Hamburg - Peter Ohr I., around 1660




Christian Eduard Franke-Landwers Christoph Freiherr von Seckendorff


Silver with partly gilding, marked with Hamburg inspection of 1654-74 and master’s mark of Peter Ohr I. (1647-62). On the bulge of the stand and the lid with all-around frieze of naturalistic tulip and daffodil blossoms, the cylindric wall with a rank of cupids in markedly plastic driven relief. A small figure in contemporary garb crowns the lid.

With his goldsmith works on highest level, Ohr belonged to the most important Northern German masters in the second half of the 17th century. One of his most famous orders, a large table fountain as gift for Tsar Alexei Michailowitsch is today in the armoury of the Kremlin museum in Moscow.

Height 28 cm, weight about 1600 g.

Schliemann: “Die Goldschmiede Hamburgs”, Hamburg 1985, MZ no. 36 I, 190 and a comparable tankard from Ohr shown as no. 262.

Hernmarck: “The European Silversmith”, London 11979, page 122.



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