A PAIR OF CONTINENTAL SILVER FILIGREE BASKETS, UNMARKED, PROBABLY 18TH CENTURY
circular of twelve-lobed flower form, incorporating geometric lozenge shapes, ovals and circles, applied bead and double flower forms, plain base engraved with continental armorial helmets and coronet, rim foot and swing handle
17cm., 6 3/4in. diam.
599gr., 10oz. 4dwt.
minor dents, and very small loss to section of wire rim, wear to the armorial crests, general condition excellent.
"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."
The demand for filigree in Europe, beginning in the 17th century was supplied by local goldsmith in Europe as well as by imports from countries such as India, China, the Philippines and Sumatra. These baskets may be German. They are engraved with Germanic crests and armorial helmets, and incorporate a distinct five-bead applique which can be found on filigree associated with knife and fork handles from the Wilstermarsch of Schleswig-Holstein. (See: Hubert Stierling, Der Silberschmuck der Nordseekünst, Holstein, 1978, p. 238). The same five-bead ornament is also on a book cover hallmarked in Nuremberg circa 1705/06 by the goldsmith Michael Lauffer (See cover of volume 2, Nürnberger Goldschmiedekunst, Germanischen Nationalmuseums, Nuremberg, 2007, and no. 506.01). In addition the Nuremberg book cover and these baskets now offered for sale both include the motif of a six or eight petalled flower on a flower, they both have a corded edge to the filigree thread which terminate in the same way with a circle in a circle.