Johann Andreas Thelott (1655 – 1734)
Figural relief in original frame
Augsburg, ca. 1700
Silver, cast and chased, engraved and finally white boiled, partially gilt the border frame inset with green guilloche translucent email.
14.1 × 15.5 cm
The relief, obviously intended as a collector’s item for the court.
Johann Andreas Thelott (1655 – 1734) was from a distinguished family of Augsburg silversmiths. He produced mainly hammered figurative reliefs. Paul von Stetten praises Johann Andreas Thelott as “the most famous artist in hammered work” in 1779.
Other outstanding works are in the Munich Residenz as well as an altar of St. Kilian in Würzburg and an ewer and basin for August II the Strong of Dresden.
A very similar relief depicting the “Allegory of the Arts and Sciences” signed and dated “J.A.Thelott” is located in the Museum for Art and Cultural History in castle Cappenberg, Dortmund (Inv. No. C 5440 a, b, illustrated in: Manfred Meinz – Schönes, altes Silber; 1987).
Further works by Johann Andreas Thelott are in the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe, the Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
Private collection, southern Germany
- Heidi Prael-Himmer: Der Augsburger Goldschmied Johann Andreas Thelot. Forschungshefte, Edition Bayerisches Nationalmuseum Munich, Deutscher Kunstverlag, 1978, p. 9 ff.
- Helmut Seling: Die Kunst der Augsburger Goldschmiede, Munich 1980, Volume I, p. 136 / fig. 615-632)
- Bayerisches Nationalmuseum Munich (Ed.), Silber und Gold, Augsburger Goldschmiedekunst für die Höfe Europas, Munich 1994, p. 117 ff