A GERMAN PARCEL-GILT SILVER BEAKER, UNMARKED, POSSIBLY HAMBURG, CIRCA 1690
Inscribed in Latin and with commemoration date 1605, also three pictures or emblems representing princely virtues, from Diego Saavendra Fajardo’s, the Idea of a political prince seen in one 100 emblems, published from 1640
9cm., 3 1/2in. high
116gr., 3oz. 14dwt.
Minor dents, generally condition and colour excellent.
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The emblems on the beaker, The sleeping lion, The mountain and lighting and The snake, are almost identical but in reverse to those appearing in Diego Saavendra Fajardo’s Idea de un Princip Politico Christiano… published in numerous additions from 1640. The book was dedicated to the son of Philip IV of Spain and comprised 100 essays with accompanying emblems to illustrate the qualities required of a prince.