Lot 100
  • 100

An Austrian rock crystal, enamel and silver-gilt nef, maker's mark SG probably for Simon Grünwald, Vienna, circa 1880

20,000 - 30,000 USD
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  • marked on rim and inside base 
  • rock crystal, silver, enamel
  • height 17 3/4 in.
  • 45 cm
the openwork foot and matching rim of colorful enameled strapwork centered by masks, the body supported by a nude astride a dolphin, carved on one side with Poseiden and Amphitrite, on the other with troops alighting and being met by winged maidens with lyres, the removable top with four crystal masts and bowsprit, enameled pennants and sails, and seven richly-dressed sailors

Catalogue Note

Simon Grünwald won silver medals at the Paris Exposition of 1878 and the Frankfurt Exhibition of 1880, a gold medal at Teplitz in 1879, and a bronze at Vienna in 1880, as well as being featured in an exhibition in Vienna in 1876-77 which noted his enameled pieces and imitations from the Antique.  A later exhibition at the Austrian decorative arts museum showed a cup and saucer in rock crystal, gold and enamel.