Representative Silver Tankard

Sebastian Hann the Elder

(Levoca 1644 - 1713 Sibiu)

made for Valentin Franck von Franckenstein (1643 – Sibiu - 1697)
Sibiu/ Transylvania, dated 1697

Silver, cast, chased, engraved, partly gilt
Maker's mark: SH for Sebastian Hann the Elder (master 1675)
Height 28 cm

Three ancient mythological scenes with inscription, after engravings by Matthaeus Merian the Elder
Horseman as lid crest, female herm as handle

Inner foot rim with engraved date and dedication: “So offt mit kühlem Wein die Kanne man wird heben, soll Herr Sebastian in lieb und lobe leben, 1697.“
("As often as the jug is lifted with cool wine, Sir Sebastian shall live in love and praise, 1697”)


Provenance:
• Collection Erno Lüdecke, goldsmith in Sibiu, 1884
• Collection Baroness Betty de Rothschild, collection catalogue London 1912
• Private Collection, Germany, 1950s until 2022

Literature (selection):
• Mihalik, Sándor: Der Goldschmied Sebastian Hann. In: Acta Historiae Artium, 16. (1970), pp. 151-197, esp. p. 166/167.
• Viorica Guy Marica: Sebastian Hann. Leben und Werk eines berühmten siebenbürgischen Goldschmieds, Bernd Kolf (transl.), Bukarest 1998, pp. 122-129, p. 203, no. 53.