Mazer

Mazer
Mazer
Title
Mazer
Date 
ca. 1498
Medium 
Maple, silver
Dimensions 
Overall: 6 1/8 x 6 1/8 in. ( 15.6 x 15.6 cm )
Description 
Turned bird's-eye-maple mazer with silver mounts; deep, bowl-shaped body on a splayed foot with a knob in the center of the pedestal and inscribed rings around the edge of the foot and in the center of the knob; silver mounts around the rim of the foot and bowl, simple geometric engraving on the rim band, cut trefoils with lines engraved around the foot; chased foliate band of silver applied between the base of the bowl and the knob on the pedestal; circular, silver boss applied to the center of the bowl and inscribed, "IOHANNES GALLATINUS SECRETARIUS DUCIS PHILIBERTI 1498" in roman letters around the arms of the Gallatin family, shield with three bezant d'or (gold disks), two in chief and one in point with an empty fess, surmounted by a armored helmet and rose, surrounded by foliate scrolls; no maker's marks.
Credit Line 
Gift of Frederic Gallatin
Object Number 
1908.23
Marks 
engraved: on the boss: "IOHANNES GALLATINUS SECRETARIUS DUCIS PHILIBERTI 1498" in roman letters around the arms of the Gallatin family, shield with three bezant d'or (gold disks), two in chief and one in point with an empty fess, surmounted by a armored helmet and rose, surrounded by foliate scrolls
Gallery Label 
This mazer was presented in 1498 by Philibert II, Duke of Savoy, to his Secretary, Seigneur Jean Gallatin. It was passed to Jean Louis Comte de Gallatin, who left it to his daughter Camille, his heiress. She passed it to her daughter, Mme. de la Fleschere, who hated all the members of the Gallatin family. At Mme. Fleschere's death, she left all her possessions, to her servants Mr. and Mrs. Caillat. At the request of James D. Gallatin, a nephew of the donor, the cup was returned the family.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group