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A pair of German silver salt-cellars
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A pair of German silver salt-cellars

MARK OF JOHANN GEORGE HOSSAUER, BERLIN, 1829

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A pair of German silver salt-cellars
Mark of Johann George Hossauer, Berlin, 1829
Each circular, on three lion's paw feet with stylised wing and palmette terminals, the reeded ribbon-wrapped rim cast and chased at intervals with fruiting vines, the body engraved with the Order of the Black Eagle, marked on base, also stamped '15 löth', with glass liners
3¾in. (9.5cm.) diam.
15oz. (493gr.) (2)
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Lot Essay

These salt-cellars and the following lots of dishes and dinner plates formed part of the wedding service of Prince Wilhelm, later Emperor Wilhelm I, and his wife Princes Augusta, commissioned from Hossauer in 1829. The service followed Enlgish forms and was made in higher standard of 15 löth.

The pattern for these dinner plates and the numerous later dinner-plates, trays and salvers from the reign of Emperor Wilhelm II, are inspired by a vine border employed most notably by the London goldsmiths Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith. In the exhibtion catalogue held at Stiftung Stadtmuseum, Berlin (Gold und Silber für den Köing, Johann George Hossauer (1794-1874) Goldschmied Sr. Majestät des Köigs, 1998) it is noted that the form of the ribbon-bound reeded borders embellished with fruiting vines follows the form of a set of dinner plates sold Christie's New York, 25 October 1988, lot 258, formerly in the collection of the Earls of Lonsdale. Scott and Smith, together with Paul Storr provided plate for the English Royal Goldsmiths Rundell, Bridge and Rundell and it is known that Hossauer visited Storr's workshop in 1826.
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