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    Sale 12038

    Interiors

    20 July 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 377

    A SWISS SILVER TAZZA

    MARK OF BOSSARD, LUCERNE, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    A SWISS SILVER TAZZA
    MARK OF BOSSARD, LUCERNE, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    Circular lobed bowl with hammered finish, surrounding a circular cartouche with chased beast figure and plaque inscribed 'GAGNANT 1950 & 1952 Lt. Col. L.H.M. LLEWELLEYN GRANDE BRETAGNE " FOXHUNTER"', with trailing branches, above tapering lobed foot with latin inscription, on wooden base with presentation shields, marked to the foot with maker's marks and 'BOSSARD .875'
    13 1/2 in. (34.5 cm.) diam
    48 oz. 3 dwt. (1498 gr.)


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    This trophy was presented to Sir Harry Llewellyn, 3rd Baronet, CBE (1911-1999) in 1952 after winning the International Grand Prix de Lucerne for a second time with his horse Foxhunter. Llewellyn and Foxhunter won the only gold medal for Great Britain, for show-jumping, at the 1952 Summer Olympic Games in Helsinki. Llewellyn and Foxhunter remain the only pairing to have won the King George V Gold Cup on three consecutive occasions (1948, 1950 and 1953).

    The firm of Bossard was one of the most important goldsmiths working in Switzerland in the late 19th and early 20th century.  They produced ‘historismus’ silver, looking back to the 16th and 17th century for inspiration and incorporating contemporary philosophies from the arts and crafts movements.