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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 80

    AN AUSTRIAN SILVER-GILT MOUNTED ROCK CRYSTAL CUP

    MARK OF HERMANN RATZERSDORFER, VIENNA, CIRCA 1870

    Price Realised  

    AN AUSTRIAN SILVER-GILT MOUNTED ROCK CRYSTAL CUP
    MARK OF HERMANN RATZERSDORFER, VIENNA, CIRCA 1870
    Of nautilus shell form, on stepped hexafoil foot and similar stem, with openwork foliate scrolls enamelled in blue, white and black, the shell-formed bowl held by four demi-female figure straps, similarly enamelled and with putto mask finial, the detachable cover with similar openwork scrolls and hippocamp finial, the body cut with foliate scrolls, marked on foot, stem, rim and cover
    11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm.) high


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    The design of this cup is inspired by a rare group of early 17th century nautilus cups with similar feet and stems.

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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)