A pair of Austrian silver-gilt, enamel and gem-set ewers, attributed to Hermann Ratzersdorfer of Vienna, circa 1880
8,000 - 12,000 USD
bidding is closed
- apparently unmarked
- silver-gilt, enamel
- height 7 1/4 in.
- 28.5 cm
in the style of David Altenstetter, each ewer with three panels of basse-taille varicolor enamel in chased gilt mounts, supported by three satyrs, with monster spout and handle, some enamel loss
Although this example is unmarked, an almost identical ewer by Ratzerdorfer was advertised by John Jaffa in The Magazine Antiques, April 2006. A marked rock crystal version is shown in Macht & Pracht, p. 13, another marked one was with John Jaffa in May, 2012, and one attributed to Ratzerdorfer was part of the group "collected by the American wife of an English aristocrat" in the 1890s, sold Christie's, London, November 25, 2008, lot 83.