Exh. Cat. Couven-Museum Aachen, 2003, no. 79 Dr. Istvan Heller and Prof.Dr. Ulrich Schneider, article to accompany TEFAF Maastricht 2003, pp. 16-21, Masterpieces of European Goldsmiths’ works 1560-1860, Couven Museum, Aachen, 2003, no. 7
The arms are those of Frederick William I, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1675-1713), who reigned in the Mecklenburg-Schwerin area of the Duchy of Mecklenburg from 1692 to 1713, and his wife, Sophie Charlotte (1678-1749), daughter of Count Charles I of Hesse–Kassel, whom he married at Kassel in 1704.When the duke died without legitimate issue he was succeeded by his brother, Karl Leopold (1768-1747). The initials are for Sophie Charlotte Herzogin zu Mecklenburg. Lorentz Johann Röper became a master goldsmith and a citizen of Rostock in 1717. He married Maria Dorothea Reddelin in Güstrow later that year.
In overall good condition. Marks legible under the base. Nice colour. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."