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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. ERIKA POHL-STRÖHER

A collection of forty-four Herrengrund parcel-gilt copper drinking vessels, Hungary, 18th century and later
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. ERIKA POHL-STRÖHER

A collection of forty-four Herrengrund parcel-gilt copper drinking vessels, Hungary, 18th century and later
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A collection of forty-four Herrengrund parcel-gilt copper drinking vessels, Hungary, 18th century and later
comprising forty one cups including four with miners inside, a cup with a scrolled handle, a goblet with a miner inside, an engraved cartouche and a malachite base, and another goblet with on a tripod base supported by three dolphins, with simulated shagreen bodies, some with engraved inscriptions



 


sizes varying between 7cm. and 10.5cm. high
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Kolba, Judit H. Hungarian Silver: The Nicolas M. Salgo Collection. London, 1996.

Herrengrund wares take their name from the mining town which produced them, in the country of Sohl in Hungary, now Slovakia. Copper existed in the mines in the form of copper sulphate in the mine waters, this copper sulphate could be precipitated into a metallic state with the addition of iron and zinc and subsequently refined. The process was felt to be almost magical and it was emphasized by the rhyming inscriptions which appear on the vessels by alluding to the unique chemical properties of the water found in the Herrengrund mine. Indeed, the inscription on the vessels generally translate to: "Iron I was, copper I am, gold cover me, out of iron ___ copper is made, to Herrengrund very deep in the mineshaft" or "Iron I was, copper I am, gold covers me, good drink fills me." These commemorative cups were also often produced with a miner bearing iron pyrite crystals in the centers.

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