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German Ivory Tankard, Kings of Poland

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This rare tankard is a beautiful example of 19th century German ivory carving

Key Features

  • An impeccably carved German ivory tankard honoring the 16th and 17th century Kings of Poland
  • The body is crafted of silver plate enveloped in exceptional ivory relief plaque
  • A carved ivory finial of the Polish white eagle tops this incredible objet d'art
  • Germany has a rich history of ivory carving dating back to the 10th century
  • The size and quality of this tankard make it a prime example of this magnificent craft
  • Circa 1850
  • 8 1/2" wide (with handle) x 12 1/2" high

Item Details

  • Width:
    8 1/2" (with handle) Inches
  • Height:
    12 1/2" Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    Other Europe
This incredible German ivory tankard boasts incredible relief carving honoring four 16th and 17th century Polish monarchs. A carved ivory figure of the Polish white eagle stands nobly atop the silver plate vessel intricately hand-carved with the portraits of Sigismund I, Sigismund II Augustus, Stefan Batory (Báthory) and Sigismund III. The tradition of ivory carving in Germany began in the 10th century as trade between Europe and pre-colonial Africa emerged. Ottoman conquests of northern Africa put an end to this trade until the late 15th century when Portuguese explorers once again established trade routes to import this elegant material. The legendary wood carvers of the Odenwald region of Germany adapted their skills to carving ivory, since it is perfectly suited for fine detailing and nearly limitless artistic possibilities. This heritage lasted well through the 19th century, as the quality of this exceptional tankard demonstrates.

Circa 1850

8 1/2" wide (with handle) x 12 1/2" high

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