ANTIQUE 19thC GERMAN SOLID SILVER EXCEPTIONAL MEISSONNIER WINE COOLERS c.1890

ANTIQUE 19thC GERMAN SOLID SILVER EXCEPTIONAL MEISSONNIER WINE COOLERS c.1890

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REFERENCE NUMBER: A2984

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DESCRIPTION

Antique 19th Century pair of exceptional German Hanau Solid Silver wine / champaigne coolers, each exceptionally decorative and ornamental, with figural cast handles modelled as a mermaid with bifurcated tails holding sea snakes, the body embossed and chiselled with winged cartouches enclosing an important French coat of arms for Louis-Henri de Bourbon (the wealthy aristocrat and Prime Miniter under Louis XV) above Classical panels, one depicting Neptune being drawn by seahorses and the other pulled by griffins.

The design is inspired by the late-baroque design by Juste Aurele Meissonier (1723), silversmith, designer, sculptor, painter, architect, one of the greatest artists active in the 18th Century (for more information please follow this link). Please follow this link to the original design.

The German Hanau versions of the Meissonier cooler are extremely sought after, one is now held by the Victoria & Albert Museum and one is in the Royal Ontario Museum.

Each base is Hallmarked with French pseudo-marks used by the Hanau firm Hanauer Silberwaren-Manufaktur, the first firm of Georg Roth.

CONDITION

In Great Condition - no damage, just general wear.

SIZE

Height:   24.5cm

Width:   29 x 21cm

Silver Weight:   4315g