A LARGE GERMAN PARCEL-GILT SILVER GILT TANKARD, PETER RHODE II, DANZIG, CIRCA 1680
the hinged cover inset with a coin celebrating a Royal Polish marriage, dated 1676, within a band of chased foliage, the body chased in relief with Orpheus charming wild birds and animals with his lute, on a circular foot with chased foliate border, the base inset with another Royal Polish coin
23cm., 9in. high
1265gr., 40oz. 12dwt.
Clearly marked to rim of cover and foot. No major splits or repairs. Good overall condition.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Sotheby's, New York, 9 October 1985, lot 18
The coin in the cover of this tankard celebrates the marriage of the Polish King John III Sobieski to Marie Casimire Louise de La Grange d'Arquien in 1674. The coin in the base celebrates his predecessor Sigismund III Vasa (1587-1632).