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    Sale 12975

    Noble & Private Collections Part I

    2 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 1

    AN AUSTRIAN SILVER-GILT MOUNTED ENAMEL AND ROCK-CRYSTAL NEF

    MARK OF HERMANN RATZERSDORFER, VIENNA, CIRCA 1875

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN AUSTRIAN SILVER-GILT MOUNTED ENAMEL AND ROCK-CRYSTAL NEF
    MARK OF HERMANN RATZERSDORFER, VIENNA, CIRCA 1875
    In gilt-tooled leather case
    16 in. (40.5 cm.) high


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    Pre-Lot Text

    Renaissance Revival taste of the late nineteenth century inspired numerous European silversmiths.  They incorporated natural materials such as rock crystal, hardstones, shells and enamels. The resurgence of the use of rock crystal among Viennese silversmiths had much to do with the unification of Germany in 1871, when the contents of Hungarian mines became accessible.
     
    Herman Ratzendorfer’s firm was founded in 1843, producing gold, silver, enamel and rock crystal in the Neo-Renaissance taste.  He was a major advocate of the Austrian Arts and Craft Movement, well-known for taking inspiration from sixteenth century Nuremberg goldsmiths' techniques.  He also reintroduced techniques such as intarsia and niello after having examined pertinent works in the Imperial treasuries.


    PROPERTY FROM A SWISS PRIVATE COLLECTION