10 December 2002
A CONTINENTAL RENAISSANCE-REVIVAL JEWELLED, SPLIT-PEARL SET AND ENAMELLED SILVER-GILT AND HARDSTONE BOWL
probably Austro-Hungarian, circa 1880/1900
Tapering semi-translucent rose quartz bowl flanked by two silver-gilt handles shaped as herms of classical warriors with red and green gem set scrolling bases, the upper silver-gilt mounts of the bowl cast as stylized laurel and applied with two facing floral rosettes set with split-pearls as petals surrounding a red gem centre, peridot-set leaves, the spreading convex foot enamelled in translucent green champlevé with leaves and brown pine cones and tied by opaque white enamelled ribbons, the bowl fastened to the silver-gilt mounts by pierced stylized acanthus leaf borders
5 7/8 in. (148 mm.) wide
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These kind of works inspired by the art of the Middle Ages and, as in the present case, of the Renaissance were mainly produced in the workshops of the Frank brothers and Rudolf Linke, Vienna.
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