Dynastic monument of the House of Wittelsbach


Johann Andreas Thelott, Christoph Dorsch

Augsburg and Nuremberg, c. 1726/1729

Silver, gilded, gold, enamel, semi-precious stones, mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell

H. 77.9 cm

Assigned from the treasury of the Munich Residence in 1865

Inv. No. R 5106

Gallery 38


Baroque and Rococo


This magnificent, colourful piece of jewellery art is a testimony to the political propaganda of the House of Wittelsbach, commissioned by the Bavarian Elector Karl Albrecht after his accession to power. In an altar-like structure, the commemorative plaque shows 63 miniature portraits of Bavarian rulers and their legendary predecessors, including Charlemagne. The family tree was intended to legitimise Karl Albrecht's imperial status. Johann Andreas Thelott, one of the most important goldsmiths of Augsburg, was responsible for the execution. The chalcedony gemstones were supplied by Christoph Dorsch, a Nuremberg glass and stone cutter who specialised in portraiture.

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