The Heda tazza
The chased silver tazza or drinking dish is resting on a knopped stem above a chased foot. The…
The obverse is engraved with Charity with two children on her lap, seated by a house. In her left hand she holds two flaming hearts from which flowering branches rise up. The branches are ribbon-tied and enclose a lock which is held by the personification of Death, who appears on the left of the scene. To the right there is a cornucopia, a horn of plenty. In the background a house and a city gate are visible. Around the scene there is a smooth wide band containing the engraved text: Door hoop, geloof in liefd gesticht, van deucht geleydt, aen trouw verplicht; in wil vereent, in wensch vernoecht, tot Doot ons leevens acker ploecht. (Founded by Hope, Faith and Love, lead by virtue, bound to loyalty, united by will and wished for in happiness, until Death ploughs life’s field). Above, star with a dot.
The reverse is also engraved, with a wooded landscape in which Laban stands joining the hands of Rachel and Jacob and blesses their union. Below the scene there is a scroll cartouche. In the band surrounding it we read the tekst: Doen Laban Rachel stelde aan Jacobs groene sij, Was s’ herders ziel vernoeght van al die slavernij. (When Laban joined Rachel to Jacob’s green side, the soal of the shepherd was freed from slavery).
J.W. Frederiks, his sale at Schulman Amsterdam 1982 lot 2555;
Private collection, The Netherlands
J.W. Frederiks, Penningen, Allert de Lange Amsterdam, 1947, p. 90, ill. n° 109;
Jacques Schulman Amsterdam auction catalogue, 1982, Coins and medals lot 2555 ill.
J.W. Frederiks, Dutch Silver, vol. II, The Hague, 1958, n° 155, p. 55, pl. 45
Michel le blon (attr.), Amsterdam, circa 1620
diameter 4,3 cm.