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Arts of Europe

The MFAH collections of art created on the European continent encompass artistic styles across the time line of history, from the ancient world to the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern era to the 21st century.

active Hamburg, Germany, 1643–70
active Hamburg, Germany, 1668–75
Wall Sconce (one of a pair)
c. 1670

30 ½ x 25 x 11 inches

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Rienzi Collection
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson III

Arts of Europe

An engraved crowned monogram on these important examples of early German silver indicates that they were made for Georg Ludwig, the Elector of Hanover. The leader of a small German state, Ludwig would go on to become King George I of England in 1714. Beyond the significance of their royal commission, these sconces are beautiful examples of the repoussé technique of working silver in which the metal is ornamented by hammering from the reverse side.