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The Michael Matthias enamelled pewter-mounted flask [Schraubflasche]
Saxony, dated 1644
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The Michael Matthias enamelled pewter-mounted flask [Schraubflasche]
Saxony, dated 1644
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The Michael Matthias enamelled pewter-mounted flask [Schraubflasche]
Saxony, dated 1644
of greenish tint, the four-side form with screw cap, painted on one side with the coat-of-arms of Matthias of Prussia, inscribed MICHAEL MATTHIAS within a ribbon above and 1644 below, the reverse inscribed Der  Todt kompt gewiß ohn alle Sorgen / Die Tag und Stunde aber, Sindt verborgen / Drumb Bedenck o mensch all augenblick frey / Daß dein Stündlein nicht ferne sey, the other sides with stylised flowers, a gilt and beaded band on the shoulders
Quantity: 2
exhibition paper label for 1936, also inscribed 'CH VEGHT ?62  .5'
17.7cm., 6 7/8 in.
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Provenance

Adolph Piehl Collection, Bonn
Anton Vecht Collection, Amsterdam, his sale, Sotheby's London, 10th November 1938, lot 98
With Vecht, Amsterdam, 20th August 1960
Fritz and Mary Biemann Collection, Zurich

 

Exhibited

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1936, 'International Tentoonstelling Van Oude Kunst', no.670

Literature

A.von Saldern and B.Klesse, 500 Jahre Glaskunst. Sammlung Biemann, p. 340, No.310 

Catalogue Note

These arms were granted to the Matthias family on 6th September 1558 (see J.B.Rietstap, Armorial Général, vol.II, p.174).

Similar armorial Schraubflaschen with flowers are mostly of Saxon manufacture and date between 1640 and 1690. For a fuller list and discussion of these flasks see Saldern and Klesse, op,cit., p.340.

A very similar flask, also dated 1644, was offered by Galerie J.Kugel in Paris, May 1970.

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