No matter, whether in Moscow or in Stockholm – the silversmiths of Augsburg have left their mark with their great skills in numerous European cities. Especially silver tablet device, which came from the workshops of Augsburg, was very popular and was by the ambassadors of different countries such as Poland, Lithuania or Denmark used as a diplomatic gift. Many artfully designed luxury objects of the silversmiths in Augsburg are now scattered in museums of around the world and serve as silent witnesses to their high skills.
The following article offers an insight into the history of the silversmithing assuming and highlights in particular the city of Augsburg.
Silversmiths and their millenary tradition
The processing of silver to use and works of art has a rich history that very old certificates already created millennia ago.
As the precious metal was used when the Assyrians as Exchange and Zahlmittel and the monetary unit of the Drachma from ancient Greece was made of silver. Even then, the silversmiths had extremely good skills, what the high-quality animal figures on the coins prove.
Silver coins were minted also in Roman culture.
The silversmiths of Augsburg help arts and crafts to a flowering period
In the middle ages, Augsburg was the crossroads of several trade routes and this convenient geographical location was an important factor for the success of the resident silversmiths, which soon enjoyed an international reputation.
The oldest references of silversmiths resident of Augsburg date from the year 1376 and in the following years their arts and crafts experienced a steady upswing until the city had established itself as one of the most important German sites for the processing of the precious metal in the 15th century.
Since the year 1529, the silversmiths in guilds organized themselves and this new system together with the numerous orders of aristocratic or wealthy merchant families led to an absolute heyday of the profession in the period from 1575 to 1625. While the fame of the Augsburger shone from silversmiths in other European capitals, and so it was customary to designate a particularly successful work of art as a piece of Augsburg in Stockholm. The great importance of the silversmithing of the city is clear, if you keep in mind, that there were no less than 185-based gold – and silversmith companies in the year 1615, compared to only 137 bakers.
Another innovation was introduced together with the guild system: the silversmiths knew their products as a quality guarantee with a stamp in the form of pine (pine cone) in the Augsburg coat of arms. Was a strict review of the silver objects, because objects perceived only as worthy were allowed to be equipped with the badge of the city. In addition, the fineness on 13 lot has been set, i.e. that the precious metal alloy 13/16 from pure silver had to pass. This system had a great success and also abroad the peanut was a guarantee for a high quality standard.
Since the year 1735, is still interpreted the stamp character, added that the peanut was accompanied by a year.
In 1740, whopping 275 farms in which gold – and silversmiths were working were located in Augsburg.
It went so far that were interested in Kings and nobles, the highest level for the works of the silversmiths in Augsburg and the city enormously won by the large request of wealth, which gave her the nickname Golden Augsburg .
The Augsburg silversmiths and the characteristics of their works
The various forms of tablet device was the focus in the production of the silversmiths in Augsburg. These include including elaborately designed trays, precious vases and table lamps that were used in the magnificently decorated castles at sumptuous feasts. Sterling Silver cutlery from the Swabian town enjoyed international recognition and high esteem of Kings and noblemen as Augsburg silverware .
In the artistic design, the craftsmen took various foreign influences, so for example the lively exchange with Italy led to an early adoption of Renaissance features. Towards the end of the 16th century, the Netherlands won, however, influence on art in the processing of the precious metal.
The Baroque and the Rococo style of the Augsburg silversmiths, which is characterized by curved and playful lines and the use of allegorical motifs from the ancient world are of prominent importance.
Today is the world’s largest with over 500 objects collection of silver artifacts from Augsburg in the Moscow Kremlin.
The silver accessories from the range RENÉSIM
If you want to bring some of the elegant and classy flair of silver table ware home, the silver accessories by RENÉSIM certainly will tell you to. A craftsmanship prescribed the tradition of is our corks, capsule lifts, napkin rings, and Carafes. It is used only the best quality Sterling with a fineness of 92.5% silver and all accessories offer sufficient space for an individual engraving that makes them unique. Contact us, if you have any questions or special requests.