Christening set

Set of basin, pitcher and two candlesticks of gold, used since 1671 at the christening of the Royal children. Probably made by Hinrich Lambrecht II in Hamburg, c. 1650. After the installment of the absolute monarchy royal births were matters of state, meaning that the queen had to give birth publicly and that the child was to be baptized immiediately after. Up until 1796 the names of the father and son along with birtdate and time were engraved on the bottom of the basin. The basin lacks all signs of religious symbols, thus presumably this was taken from a piece of toiletgarnish simply because it was made from gold.