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Elaborate Coat-of-Arms of a Salzburg Noble Family – Mayr of Pürglau


Salzburg, around 1700

marble 24 3/4 x 19 1/2 x 9 in.

The Salzburg lineage of Mayr von Pürglau und Haberlhof zu Puechtholz originally hails from Tyrol and was elevated to the ranks of the nobility by Emperor Frederick III in 1650. The coat-of-arms conferred on the noble family consists of a four-part escutcheon shield with eagles and lions rampant, as well as an inescutcheon with a sun. On the chief rest two crowned, winged jousting helmets with intricate crests in the form of a Moor with a regiment staff and a lion. The design of the depicted marble coat-of-arms (around 1700) is incredibly detailed and sculptural. A similar coat-of-arms from 1680 is located in the parish church of Zell am Ziller, where Matthias Mayr v. P. worked as the keeper of Kropfsberg Castle. Although there were many male family members, the aristocratic family died out in 1747. However, during their almost 100 years of success, they were able to acquire several functions and estates, such as Montfort Castle (previously known as Golserhof) and the so-called Doktorschlössel of the princely archbishop’s personal physician Franz Mayr von Pürglau, who was also the son-in-law of master cathedral builder Santino Solari. The splendid coat-of-arms is, therefore, not only a symbol of a once proud Austrian family of noble lineage but also an equally important piece
of Salzburg history.

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