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Piet Heyn’s dish - Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Piet Heyn’s dish - Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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Description: Dish, 1684-1687
Materials: silver

Piet Heyn became famous for his conquest of the Spanish “Silver Fleet” in 1628, captured a Spanish treasure fleet with 4,000,000 ducats of gold and silver (12,000,000 guldens). The Spanish ships were laden with Mexican silver. The sale of the spoils yielded an astronomical twelve million guilders. It was a painful blow for Spain, particularly because the Netherlands used the money to wage war against the Spanish. This dish was fashioned from the seized silver.

Author: Piet Heyn (1577 – 1629)

Provenance: The Hague, Netherlands

Source of information: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Author (source) of image: Personal archive

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