Dr. Mauricio Hochschild (1881-1965), was known as one of the three 'tin barrons' of Bolivia. Born in Bilbis, Germany, Dr. Hochschild earned advanced degrees in mining and metallurgy before emigrating to Chile in 1911, where he pioneered the mining and trading of low and middle-grade tin ores. He eventually expanded his enterprises throughout South America, and in the 1940s, Dr. Hochschild's companies were responsible for the production of nearly 30 percent of Bolivia's tin. Dr. Hochschild married his second wife, Germaine Keyaerts de Vray (b. 1894, Belgium-d. 1962, Switzerland), in New York City in 1947. Throughout their marirage, Dr. and Mrs. Hochschild often traveled between South America, New York, and Europe.
The MODEL stamp is rarely found on Jensen silver as it was meant for internal use within the Jensen firm and not intended for sale. This bonbonnière, dating to 1919 and with French import marks, was presumably intended as a model for the Jensen Paris shop which had opened the previous year. A silver kettle on stand, also marked MODEL, sold in these Rooms, 19 January 2005, lot 398.