A 17th century German silver-gilt nef raised on four wheels by Jeronymus Gilg, Augsburg circa 1620 - 30,
Lot 54
A 17th century German silver-gilt nef raised on four wheels by Jeronymus Gilg, Augsburg circa 1620 - 30,
Sold for £37,200 (US$ 60,417) inc. premium

Lot Details
A 17th century German silver-gilt nef raised on four wheels
by Jeronymus Gilg, Augsburg circa 1620 - 30,
the hull with repousse and chased with waves and dolphins, the rear of the rig with six figures (four firing riffles), and two further figures in the rigging, the mast with small billowing sail and pennant, height 33.5cm, weight 15.88oz.

Footnotes

  • The present lot is only one of two surviving pieces from the fabulous Egger Silver collection confiscated by the Gestapo in Vienna in 1944 and sold anonymously by the Nazis at auction in December of that year.

    The spectacular 150 piece collection had been amassed by a Jewish couple, Fanny and Ernst Egger, who were arrested in 1944 and sent with the rest of their family to Theresienstadt concentration camp where they died sometime before the end of the war.

    The nef was returned to the descendants of the Eggers when a friend of the family purchased it at the auction to re-unite it with the rightful owners.
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