ANTIQUE 20thC GERMAN SOLID SILVER PAIR OF MASSIVE KNIGHT FIGURES, HANAU c.1900

ANTIQUE 20thC GERMAN SOLID SILVER PAIR OF MASSIVE KNIGHT FIGURES, HANAU c.1900

17,595.00

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DESCRIPTION

Antique early-20th Century pair of exceptionally large and fine German solid silver figures, each modelled as a knight in full suits of armour, carved face beneath a hinged visor, one sporting a sword and the other a spiked axe, both holding a shield applied and chased with armorials.

The two statues stand on a large pedestal base with acanthus leaf boarders and realistically modeled ground. This is one of the most impressive, detailed and magnificent pair of solid silver figures, each over 50cm tall, combined they weight 5793 grams.

The knights are inspired by the Emperor Maximilian I's monument in the Hofkirche, Innsbruck, one of the most important series of life-size bronze statues of the 16th century. These particular pair are modelled after the statues of King Arthur of Britain and Theoderic the Great, King of the Ostrogoths, both statues designed by the great artist Albrecht Durer.

Each base is Hallmarked with German Hanau silver peudo marks (900+ standard), Maker's mark "n" for the firm Neresheimer & Co, pair date to the early 1900's.

CONDITION

In Great Condition - No Damage. 

SIZE

Height (each):   52cm

Width (each):   19.5cm

Total Weight:   5793g