Bust reliquary of St Pantalus from the treasury of Basle Munster

Basle, after 1270 – Silver and copper, embossed, engraved, gilded – height 49 cm – Inv. 1882.87.

Of all the different forms of reliquary, the head or bust reliquary is particularly …

Wildmen on a staghunt, wall hanging

Basle, ca. 1468 – Wool tapestry, two sections each height 123-128.5 cm, width 253 cm – Inv. 1981.88.

The purchase of this tapestry from a South German collection for the 1981 reopening of the …

Portrait of Johann Rudolf Burckhardt

Anton Graff, Basle, ca. 1786 – Oil on canvas – 114.5 x 84 cm – Inv. 1976.175.

J.R. Burckhardt (1750-1813) was by profession a silk ribbon manufacturer and from 1777 held …

Cannon from the Burgundian spoils

Mechelen, dated 1474 – Jean de Malines, Mechelen Cast bronze – length 255.5 cm, calibre 22.8 cm – Inv. 1874.95.

The Basle chronicler Johannes Knebel reports that on 14 March 1476 the Basle troops brought …

Pair of duck tureens

Strasbourg, Paul Hannong, numbered on glaze I and 2, 1748 54 – Faience with painting on glaze in enamel colours – height 32.5 and 36.5 cm – Inv. 1973.76.

The Paul Hannong factory owed its success to its policy of employing potters, painters and …

Bass viola da gamba

Joachim Tielke, Hamburg, ca. 1708 – Six strings, top spruce, sides and back maple, edges reinforced with ivory, two C-shaped sound holes, fingerboard and tailpiece adorned with tortoiseshell and ivory marquetry – L (incl. neck) 119.4 cm, L (corpus only) 68.4 cm – Inv. 1872.65.

Joachim Tielke (born 1641 in Königsberg, died 1719 in Hamburg) ranks among northern …

Flemish Virginals

(Antwerp?), 1572 – At quint or octave pitch; compass C/E-a2 (without g#2) Case made of poplar painted in tempera; softwood soundboard; keytops made of bone (white keys) and bog oak (sharps); brass and steel strings – H. 17.9 x W 92.5 x D 33 cm – Inv. 1990.426.

That this instrument, which the people of Basel used to called a Spinet, is Flemish in …

Canvas drum

Basel, 1575 – Frame made of wood painted in tempera, seven concentrically positioned sound holes on the side, two wooden tensioning hoops, skins rope-tensioned with 8 iron hooks, knotted leather strap, goatskin head – H 64 cm (head), dia. 51 cm – Inv. 1874.120. – Deposit of the Basler Zeughaus

Among the museum’s collection of 150 drums are the oldest ones still in existence, dated …

Large winged altarpiece from St. Mary’s Church in Calanca (Graubünden)

Dated 1512; workshop of Ivo Strigel, Christoph Zeller and other masters, Memmingen – Linden wood, carved and painted, panel painting – H 375 cm, W 567 cm (open) Inv. 1887.95.

Mounted on a predella showing Christ with the twelve Apostles, the open altar chest …

Skeleton pocket watch

Geneva, ca. 1820 – Bordier à Genève, active in 19th century – Movement with verge escapement and quarter repeater with ding-dong chimes; hour and minute hands – Inv. 1982.1093.

This watch in a red gold case has a glass window in the lid showing the movement with …

Wanduhr («oeil de boeuf») mit Wecker aus dem Württemberger Hof

Basel (?), um 1800 – Hersteller unbekannt – Gehäuse: runder, kräftiger Holzrahmen – in Form eines Loorbeerkranzes mit Schleife, geschnitzt, vergoldet – Zifferblatt: Email, weiss – Stunden-, Minutenzeiger, vergoldet, durchbrochen – Weckerzeiger, Stahl, gebläut – Werk: Messing – Spindelgang; mit Wecker – Dm. 422 mm (gesamt) Dm. 187 mm (Zifferblatt) Inv. 2003.76.

Der Erwerb ist für die Uhrensammlung in zweifacher Hinsicht zu gewichten. So ist es die …

Leinentrommel

Basel, um 1930 – Hersteller: Stieber, Otto (28. März 1885-28. Juni 1964) Zarge aus Messing, unbemalt – ein Schalloch unter dem Schloss – zwei Holzspannreife mit schwarz-weisser Streifenbemalung – Leine in zwölf Bahnen, Lederstrupfen – Darmsaite achtfach – Ledertragband – H. 480 mm (gesamt) Dm. 422 mm (Fell) Inv. 2003.78.

Die Initialen A. H (Schlagstempel, Schloss) verweisen auf den früheren Eigentümer der …

Hurdy gurdy with lute shaped body

dated 1746 – Fransois Feury, Paris – Two melody and four drone strings of gut, four steel sympathetic strings – front fir, body of maple and mahogany splints – two C shaped sound holes – keys and edge of lid faced or inlaid with ivory and ebony – overall length 64 cm – Inv.1882.27.

The signature of François Feury (Paris ca. 1711 - after 1772) is found on the inside of the …

Oval box

Johann Ulrich Fechter 11, Basle, ca. 1720 – Silver, embossed, cast, chased, punched, parcel gilt – height 7.4 cm, width 9.3 cm, length 11.5 cm – Inv. 1991.256.

The gilded box stands on a protruding wavy edged rim that is repeated on the lid. The …

Pocket watch with outer case

George Charle, London, ca. 1800 – Gilt bronze, brass – case: gold, embossed and pierced – dial: enamel – hands: blued steel; spring with chain and fusee – height 6 cm, width 4 cm, thickness 2.3 cm – diameter of outer case 4.7 cm – Inv. 1919.203.

The signature, "Charle in London", is engraved in italic script on the back plate. Its …

Double portrait of Johann Peter Hebei and Elisabeth Baustlicher

dated 1814 – Carl Joseph Alois Agricola, Karlsruhe Brush drawing with body colour – 21.8 x 27.4 cm – Inv. 1953.436.

The miniature portrait, probably a study for a lithograph, shows the 54 year old vernacular …

Armorial panel of Andreas Ryff and Daniel Burckhardt

dated 1595 – Attributed to Jakob Plepp, Basle – Height 55 cm, width 37.5 cm – Inv. 1991.257.

After his successful mediation in the 1594 rebellion of the subjects of the Basle region, …

Fountain (now lacking basin) from the Basle Fischmarkt

Basle, ca. 1380 – Red sandstone, originally painted, overall height 10.6 m, height of Madonna 128 cm – Inv. 1910.104.

The fountain at the Fischmarkt (fish market) in Basle was commissioned at approximately the …

Key of the Zeughaus (armoury), Basle

Probably Basle, ca. 1820/30 – Forged iron, cast bronze – length 17.5 cm – Inv. 1909.257.

Keys are not merely instruments for locking, but often also symbolic. To have the key is to …

Bottle belonging to the Basle inner council

Johannes Linder I, Basle, 1638 – Cast pewter, soldered – height 42 cm – Inv. 1875.29.

The guild and corporation vessels documented since the C15 can be classified neither as …

Goblet with cover belonging to the Zunft zu Hausgenossen (House companions' guild)

Sebastian Merian, Basle, 1687 – Silver, cast, embossed, chased, punched, engraved, parcel gilt, height 59 cm – Inv. 1895.63.

In Basle the goldsmiths, coiners, money changers, jewellers and foundrymen were amalgamated …

Cashmere shawl (detail)

France(?), ca. 1825 – Wool and silk – Jacquard woven, twill 2/2: length 333 cm, width 142 cm, fringe 8 cm – Inv. 1954.88.

The original Indian Kashmir shawl was woven from the wool of the Tibetan goat and the …

Terra sigillata bowl

1st half 1st century AD – Found at Bäumleingasse 20, Basle – Clay, turned, with red coating and relief decoration minor repairs – diameter 21.8 cm – Inv. 1960.516.

The bowl, decorated with flowers and foliage, bears the stamp of the potter Gabianus. In …

Two sugar casters

Left: Strasbourg, Paul Hannong, ca. 1750 – right: Emanuel J. Streckeisen, Basle, ca. 1800 – Faience, overglaze painting, height 20.7 cm – pewter, height 18.8 cm – Inv. 1988.211. – Inv. 1895.66.

In times of shortage traditional utensils of silver or vermeil were replaced by cheaper …

Single action harp

Unsigned – attributed to Georges Cousineau, Paris, 1775 85 – Compass 38 strings (El g3) seven pedals (left A, G, F, E, right D, C, B) sound box pine and maple, painted black; tuning pegs, pedals and mechanism iron – strings, gut – overall height 161.5 cm, width 40 cm, depth 79.5 cm – Inv. 1956.542.

Many details of the construction, of the execution of the carved neck spiral and of the …

Model warship

Bing brothers, Nuremberg, ca. 1910 – Metal with steam engine – height with trolley 17.2 cm, length without flag 60 cm – Inv. 1972.178.

The warship is one of those mechanical toys, like trains and cars, that presuppose …

Duchy of Milan, Gian Galeazzo Maria Sforza, in ward of his mother Bona of Savoy

Milan, double ducat, undated, 1479(?) Gold, struck – weight 6.963 g – diameter 23.9 mm – Inv. 1918.1724.

In the C13 gold coins once again began to be issued successfully - in 1252 by Florence and …

Palmesel (Palm Sunday ass)

Lake Constance, ca. 1500 – Limewood, painted, height 190 cm – Inv. 1898.275.

The Museum holds the astonishing number of five Late Gothic Palmesel, or wooden donkeys for …

Badge of the 'Bannwart' (field warden) of the 'Gescheid' (land court) of Grossbasel

Basle, ca. 1500 – Silver, parcel gilt, wildman figures cast in the round – diameter 15.2 cm – Inv. 1875.78.

The escutcheon of Basle supported by male and female woodhouses is set in a strongly …

Parthian empire, Mithridates II

Rhagae, drachma, ca. 123-88 BC – Silver, struck – weight 4,127 g – diameter 19.8 mm – Inv. 1908.2282.

In the Persian Empire the great king and his representatives, the satraps, occupied the …