An Australian silver and gilt mounted emu egg inkstand, by William Edwards, Melbourne, circa 1870, retailed by N. Salomon, Dunedin, New Zealand
Lot 256
An Australian silver and gilt mounted emu egg inkstand by William Edwards, Melbourne, circa 1870, retailed by N. Salomon, Dunedin, New Zealand "N.SALOMON/DUNEDIN"
Sold for AU$ 3,416 (US$ 3,197) inc. premium
Lot Details
An Australian silver and gilt mounted emu egg inkstand
by William Edwards, Melbourne, circa 1870, retailed by N. Salomon, Dunedin, New Zealand "N.SALOMON/DUNEDIN"
the 3/4 horizontally mounted egg with lion mask handles, on an oval beaded chased base with applied seated indigenous hunter holding a club and two emus, fern stem issuing large branches,the egg opening to reveal an inkwell, domed cover with engraved decoration and emu finial amongst ferns, all on an oval wooden plinth and vacant cartouche
26cm (10") high.

Footnotes

  • Exhibited:
    Powerhouse Museum Sydney 1984–92.
    The Mint 1995-96, 'Australian Gold and Silver 1851 -1900'.

    Reference:
    See various advertisements in the 1870sTuepeka Times, for "N. Salomon Watchmaker, Jeweller & Silversmith, Princes Street Dunedin" for "Sterling silver and electro-plated inkstands in great variety"

    See J.B Hawkins Nineteenth Century Australian Silver Volume One, plate 200; and Volume Two for record of N Salomon exhibiting Australian Silver.
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