A MASSIVE GERMAN SILVER TABLE NEF, PSEUDO MARKS, HANAU, CIRCA 1880
realistically modelled in two parts; the upper deck applied with numerous soldiers around a deck-house and central tower, fully rigged with two masts and set sails, resting on four dolphin feet; the hull chased with windows around central armorials, applied with several protruding canons, a bow-spit with anchor, and a stylised fish-head rudder, on four foliate pierced wheels
67cm. high and 73cm. long,
5719gr., 183oz. 18dwt.
Marked to bow with pseudo continental marks. A couple of the figures with missing weapons. Generally very good condition for age and delicacy of object.
"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."
Otto F. Ernst, Gold-und Silberschmiedearbeiten 15 -19. Jahrhundert, Wiesbaden, 1969, p. 26, no. 158.