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Traveling set with glass beaker in case

Samuel Bardet (German, ca. 1719 –1800, master in 1759)
German, Augsburg
Gilded silver, steel, glass, dyed and gold-tooled leather, velvet
Length (Fork [a]): 7 7/8 in. (20 cm); Length (Knife [b]): 9 9/16 in. (24.3 cm); Length (Spoon [c]): 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); Length (Marrow spoon [d]): 6 3/16 in. (15.7 cm); Length (Two-prong fork [e]): 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm); Overall (Spice box [f]): 1 1/4 × 2 15/16 × 2 3/16 in. (3.2 × 7.5 × 5.6 cm); Overall (Egg cup [g]): 1 1/2 × 2 3/8 × 1 3/8 in. (3.8 × 6 × 3.5 cm); Height (Beaker with lid [h, i]): 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); Overall (Box [j]): 2 3/4 × 10 1/8 × 7 7/8 in. (7 × 25.7 × 20 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of The Salgo Trust for Education, New York, in memory of Nicolas M. Salgo, 2010
Accession Number:
Not on view
Some members of Central and Southeastern European sovereign dynasties never traveled without their cutlery set. This seemed a strange habit to French courtiers, who, during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, shared their knives at table. However, in a time when a little deadly arsenic would go a long way if mixed with one’s salt or spices, the Hungarian aristocracy had reason for their precaution; poisonings, especially by arsenic mixed with salt or spices, were not uncommon.
Augsburg silversmiths were well-known for such cutlery sets. The beaker included here is engraved with a hunter and a huntress, suggesting that this traveling set was used during the hunting season.

European Silver, Miniatures and Objects of Vertu. Sale cat., Christie’s, Geneva, May 10, 1988, p. 35, no. 75.

Helmut Seling. Die Augsburger Gold- und Silberschmiede, 1529–1868: Meister, Marken, Werke. New ed. Munich, 2007, p. 52, no. 2490 [town mark], and pp. 631–632, no. 2453 [master mark].

[Wolfram Koeppe 2015]
Marking: Struck on back of spoon (c): [1] Y (year letter for 1777–79); [2] SB in an oval (maker's mark for Samuel Bardet)
[ sale, Private Collection, c/o Christie's Geneva , May 10, 1988, lot 75 ] ; Nicolas M. Salgo (from 1988) ; Salgo Trust for Education (until 2010; to MMA)
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