Fire gilt silver “Half” of a double cup, ca 1570 Hungarian , makers mark of Simon Tonsch 1554-1585, of Nagyszeben in Transylvania / today in Romania / was part of Hungary at the time./
After Genghis Khan hordes devastated Hungary in the middle of the thirteenth century , parts of the country was seriously depopulated. The Hungarian king invited German tradesman, to come and set up “shop” in Hungary. Transylvania has benefited from this economically , and saw the establishment of trade gilds along German lines. Silver manufacturing enjoyed a certain renaissance since Transylvania was rich in silver. Although local designs were reflecting a German cultural heritage, they evolved and by the middle of the sixteenth century there was a clear difference from the past reflecting local taste.
Height 155 mm