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    Sale 7731

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    2 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 29

    A GERMAN SILVER-GILT AND COLD-PAINTED ENAMEL NEF

    MARK OF GEORG MULLNER, NUREMBURG, CIRCA 1620

    Price Realised  

    A GERMAN SILVER-GILT AND COLD-PAINTED ENAMEL NEF
    MARK OF GEORG MULLNER, NUREMBURG, CIRCA 1620
    The hull cast and chased with sea creatures and waves, on four wheels, with mask spout and applied scrolls to the rim, the decks and rigging applied with various figures with red and green cold-painted enamel, the sail and flag similarly painted, marked near rim
    11½ in. (31.6 cm.) high
    gross weight 16 oz. (511 gr.)


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    The "Schiffspokale" or boat-shaped cup had two possible functions. It could be displayed as an ornamental nef following the French court tradition where it would be placed in front of the most important guest. Alternatively, it could be used as a drinking cup fitted with four wheels, like the present example, to allow it to be passed around the table. Two other nefs by Müllner, 1625-1629 are recorded in the collections of the Hermitage, St. Petersburg and the Historical Museum, Bern (see. K. Tebbe, et al, Nürnberger Goldschiedkunst 1541-1868, Nuremberg, 2007, pp. 284-5)

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN PRINCELY HOUSE
    (LOTS 29-36)