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    Sale 7628

    Important Silver Including a Collection of Viennese Silver-Gilt Mounted Hardstone Works of Art

    25 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 76

    AN AUSTRIAN SILVER-GILT MOUNTED ROCK CRYSTAL SHELL-SHAPED BOWL

    MARK OF HERMANN RATZERSDORFER, VIENNA, CIRCA 1880

    Price Realised  

    AN AUSTRIAN SILVER-GILT MOUNTED ROCK CRYSTAL SHELL-SHAPED BOWL
    MARK OF HERMANN RATZERSDORFER, VIENNA, CIRCA 1880
    On spreading circular foot, the stem formed as a finely cast three-headed winged grotesque monster, supporting a shaped shield enamelled in black with a coat of arms of a unicorn, the shell-shaped bowl with rim applied with cast horned and bearded male mask and two hippocamps, with jewels between, the valve with the figure of a seated mermaid, the shell-shaped bowl cut with scrolls and foliage, marked underneath and on stem.
    8¼ in. (21 cm.) high


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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A FAMILY TRUST COLLECTED BY THE AMERICAN WIFE OF AN ENGLISH ARISTOCRAT ON HER CONTINENTAL TOURS IN THE LAST DECADE OF THE 19TH CENTURY
    (LOTS 58-87)