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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 77

    AN AUSTRIAN SILVER-GILT MOUNTED ROCK CRYSTAL EWER

    VIENNA, CIRCA 1875, APPARENTLY NO MAKER'S MARK, ATTRIBUTED TO HERMANN RATZERSDORFER

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    AN AUSTRIAN SILVER-GILT MOUNTED ROCK CRYSTAL EWER
    VIENNA, CIRCA 1875, APPARENTLY NO MAKER'S MARK, ATTRIBUTED TO HERMANN RATZERSDORFER
    On small circular foot with baluster stem and baluster-shaped body with bifurcated handle with grotesque masks, the front of the body applied with the figure of a satyr with the head of an ass, the hinged cover applied with triton and the figure of Jonah being spewed forth from the blue enamelled whale, the foot and body applied with foliate scrolls and masks and applied between with rock crystal cabochons, the body with curved rectangular panels of rock crystal cut with foliate scrolls, marked inside cover
    12¾ in. (32.5 cm.) high


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    The design for this ewer is taken from the work of the German 16th century goldsmith and draughtsman Matthias Zündt (d. 1572), who had served inthe workshop of Wenzel Jamnitzer (d.1585). In his Kraterographie, published in Nuremberg in 1551 he shows a ewer almost identical to the present lot and with an overall design and ornament elements found on the following lot. The drawing is illustrated in J. Hayward, Virtuoso Goldmsiths, and the Triumph of Mannerism, London, 1976, pl. 134.

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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)