Nuremberg pewter dish, Ferdinand III as Holy Roman Emperor, c. 1650
Rare Nuremberg pewter dish, finely moulded with a central image commemorating Ferdinand III as Holy Roman Emperor, shown on horseback with symbols of office, a distant city & an armorial above, inscribed ‘FERDINAND III DG ROM IM S A’, the rim with similar horsemen and varying coat-of-arms of European rulers alternated with superb grotesque masks.
Makers mark to back,
Ferdinand Ernst, Archduke of Austria, King of Hungary, Croatia & Bohemia, became Holy Roman Emperor in 1637, and remained so until his death in 1657.
He was responsible for bringing the gruelling 30 years war to a conclusion, with a peace treaty being signed in Nuremberg in 1649-50. This dish was made there at that time, and shows the principal European leaders involved.