ANTIQUE 19thC DUTCH SOLID SILVER IMPRESSIVE FIGURAL NAUTILUS CUP, AMSTERDAM 1880

ANTIQUE 19thC DUTCH SOLID SILVER IMPRESSIVE FIGURAL NAUTILUS CUP, AMSTERDAM 1880

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19th Century Ducth Silver figural Nautilus cup, the shell beautifully engraved with scrolling foliage, the mounts chased with scrolls and set with precious stones and agate medallions, the circular base rests on four feet naturalistically modelled like turtles, the impressive figural stem modelled like a triton, figural finial modelled like a Putto blowing in a horn.


REFERENCE NUMBER: A2683

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Description

Antique 19th Century rare and impressive Ducth Solid Silver figural Nautilus cup, the shell beautifully engraved with scrolling foliage, the mounts chased with scrolls and set with precious stones and agate medallions, the circular base rests on four feet naturalistically modelled like turtles, the impressive figural stem modelled like a triton, figural finial modelled like a Putto blowing in a horn.

This exceptional Nautilus shell cup is impressive and features an outstanding quality. Apparently it doesn't bear any Maker's mark, but is most probably made by Bonebakker & Son, the Amsterdam's leading silver and jewellery firm, active fromn 1822. An important drawing of a Nautilus shell cup, a showpiece probably designed on commission for a special occasion by the firm Bonebakker, features an unmistakably similar design, suggesting that this might be the final result or a variation of the drawing (please follow this link to the Netherlands Institute for Art History).

The cup bears Austro-Hungarian silver import marks used between 1876 and 1901, the cup dates to year 1880.

Condition

In Great Condition - No damage, just an hairline crack to the shell.

Size

Height: 41.2cm
Width: 19cm
Weight: 1015g