[Translate to English:] Die erhaltenen Arbeiten
He left behind not only exquisite pearl figures, precious mounts for ivory figures, unique ornate clocks and jewel sets. During the establishment of the Grünes Gewölbe as a Baroque treasure chamber, Köhler was also responsible for the maintenance, valuation and cataloguing of the works of art. His treatment of the historical objects is characterised by unusually sensitive interventions and ingenious new creations of his own – such as the Nautilus Cup with Forked Coral.
A highlight of the exhibition is a large altar cross richly studded with precious stones. Already seriously ill, the goldsmith donated it to St Stephen’s church (Bergkirche St. Stephan) in his native town of Bad Langensalza shortly before his death, and it is still held there today. The anniversary is an opportunity to show this impressive, little-known late work by Köhler in Dresden for the first time. In preparation for the exhibition, the stones used to embellish it were subjected to scientific analysis, producing some surprising findings, which are also presented.