Property of an Important West Coast Collection
October 17, 07:04 PM GMT
10,000 - 15,000 USD
A German Jugendstil Silver, Mother of Pearl, and Rock Crystal Sturgeon-Form Caviar Stand, Alexander Schonauer, Hamburg, Circa 1900
the fish modelled in swimming position with inlaid mother of pearl scales, the detachable head opening to reveal a compartment for servers, topped by a kneeling triton with trident, the fish banded with filigree-mounted straps set with coral cabochons, quadrangular stem of four silver-framed beveled rock crystal panels, above a wave-chased knop and a shallow bowl with spot-hammered finish, the base with compartment for ice with gilt interior, marked on base and signed on tail A. Schonauer Hamburg fec.
157 oz gross
length of fish 34 in.; height 20 in.
86.4 cm; 50.7 cm
Alexander Schonauer was born in Munich in 1871 and died in Hamburg 1955. Erich Schliemann, in Die Goldschmiede Hamburg, 1985, Vol. I, pp. 218-226, lists and describes 35 items by him and illustrates an imaginative ladle, Vol. III, pl. 700, p. 259.