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1960

  • We acquired this object.

2006

2023

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Charger with Alexander the Great Defeating Darius Surrounded by the Four Continents

It was silversmith Johann Adolf Gaap and after Hans Ulrich Frank and Stefano della Bella. It is dated 1689 and we acquired it in 1960. Its medium is silver, gold. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Estate of James Hazen Hyde. It is credited Gift of the Estate of James Hazen Hyde.

  • Charger (France)
  • tin-glazed earthenware.
  • Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw.
  • 2006-27-3

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 7.2 x 71 x 62cm (2 13/16 x 27 15/16 x 24 7/16in.)

It has the following markings

Maker's marks throughout charger; central scene, lower right: "AG", lower left: a pineapple; upper scene: figure of Europe, lower right: a pineapple; lower scene: figure of America, lower right: "AG"; lower left: a pineapple; left scene: figure of Africa, below lion's paw: a pineapple; right scene: figure of Asia, below chariot: a pineapple; on foliage, lower right: a pineapple.

It is inscribed

Engraved on cartouche below central scene: "Alexander beweint den Todt des Konigs Darius"

Cite this object as

Charger with Alexander the Great Defeating Darius Surrounded by the Four Continents; After Hans Ulrich Frank (German, 1603–1680), Stefano della Bella (Italian, 1610–1664); Silversmith Johann Adolf Gaap (German, active in Italy, 1667 - 1724); Germany; silver, gold; H x W x D: 7.2 x 71 x 62cm (2 13/16 x 27 15/16 x 24 7/16in.); Gift of the Estate of James Hazen Hyde; 1960-1-21

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