• The Decorative Arts Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2827

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    22 - 23 September 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 38

    A silver-mounted bezoar stone


    Price Realised  


    A silver-mounted bezoar stone
    Possibly early 19th Century, the silver oriental
    The stone mounted on a circular domed foot applied with flower-heads and animal-heads, rising towards a short stem supporting a flower-head surmounted by the stone, mounted with a ball-shaped reticulated later finial, repairs, marked on base
    13.7 cm. high
    gross 172 gr.

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    The bezoar stone is found as a concretion in the stomachs or intestines of various ruminants, such as antelopes, camels, deer and goats. It used to be thought that the more rare the animal, the greater the power of the bezoar. The name comes from the Persion padzahr, meaning "to expel poison". From the Middle Ages on, the bezoar stone was believed to protect you from diseases and poisioning.

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this lot is below Dutch legal silver alloy.