Western European Metal Artworks



    Germany (?)

    Second half of the 19th century

    Silver, crystal; forge-rolling, gilding

    16.3 x 46.0 x 26.5 cm

    Marks: “84”; Riga coat of arms (stone walls with towers and gates); “П.T.” in oval shield (mark for imported goods); alloy “875”; a head facing left (Latvian assay office 1919-1940)


    Crystal oval vase, faceted with multi-beam rosette on the bottom and “brilliant cut” on a silver oval base on four ornately shaped feet, with two handles in the Historism style. The base is adorned with friezes with the images of stylized acanthus leaves (the bottom edge) and Ionics (top); the row of shells in ornamental frames is in the center. The feet are in the form of triangles decorated with rocailles. The handles are comprised of the sculpted images of paired dolphins holding crossbeam in their mouths.