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    Sale 12037

    Interiors

    8 June 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 185

    A GERMAN SILVER-GILT CREAM-JUG IN THE FORM OF A ZOOMORPHIC AQUAMANILE

    APPARENTLY UNMARKED, 19TH CENTURY

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    A GERMAN SILVER-GILT CREAM-JUG IN THE FORM OF A ZOOMORPHIC AQUAMANILE
    APPARENTLY UNMARKED, 19TH CENTURY
    Realistically modelled as a lion passant, his paw resting on a vacant shield, the handle formed from his tail and a grotesque animal
    4 3/4 in. (12 cm.) long
    5 oz. 18 dwt. (185 gr.)


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    This vessel, possibly intended as a cream-jug just given it's small size, is inspired by German 16th century aquamanile, most closely to an example of 1540 which is part of the Lüneburg city plate. That example is nearly 19 in. (48 cm.) long and is illustrated in Das Lüneburger Ratssilber, 1990, no. 24, illus. p. 141. An example by Neresheimer of similar size to the present example was sold Christie's, New York, 23 October 2008, lot 88.