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European Applied Art | Auction: 15.05.2019 | Preview: 10.05.2019 - 13.05.2019

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Augsburg. Inspection mark 1719-1723. Plate dated 1730. Gottlieb Menzel.

Silver, gilt. Smooth shape, the slightly scalloped border with narrow rim profile. On the top the finely
engraved coat of arms of August the Strong. Verso engraved number and year: 'No.225 / Ao.
1730'. Ca. 658g. ø 24.7cm.

Inspection mark Augsburg 1719-1723 (Seling no.1550), maker's mark (1709-1746, ibid. no.2022). Condition A.

- Once Court silver collection Dresden.
- Private collection Berlin.

- Seling, Helmut: Die Augsburger Gold- und Silberschmiede 1529-1868, Meister - Marken - Werke, Munich 2007, p.482, k), n), p).
- Exhibition catalogue: Silber und Gold, Augsburger Goldschmiedekunst für die Höfe Europas, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich 1994, Vol.2. For the dinner service of August the Strong cf. especially p.498ff.

The present dinner plate is part of the presumably most precious service of the Dresden court. In the context of courtly festivities, it occupied a prominent position and was used at the most distinguished banquets and soupers.
It was commissioned in 1717 or 1718 by August the Strong on the occasion of the forthcoming wedding of his son, the electoral prince Friedrich August, ans Maria Josepha of Austria.
The inspiration of the 'twice matt gilt service' was certainly the silverware at the court of Louis XIV of Frange, which August the Strong got go know in his youth. It is based on this not only in its extent, but also in its reduced stylistic idiom
(Silber & Gold, 1994, p.500). Nothing distracts from the exquisitely engraved coat of arms of August the Strong.
It used to be an extremelx extensive service, so the inventory of the Grünes Gewölbe from 1723 mentions several hundres pieces, such as plates, bowls, platters and jugs. In the second order from 1730 additional pieces were commissioned in Augsburg (ibid. p. 499).
The vermeil service was executed by various Augsburg goldsmiths, which were specialised in the field of dinnerware. So Gottlieb Menzel created plates and platters for the first order in 1718 and for the one following in 1730 (ibid. p.503).
Among others, pieces of the service are now in other large collection, such as the one of the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich or the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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