An Australian silver emu egg by William H Spencer, Adelaide, circa 1880
Lot 311
An Australian silver emu egg by William H Spencer, Adelaide, circa 1880
Sold for AU$ 6,100 (US$ 5,474) inc. premium

Lot Details
An Australian silver emu egg
by William H Spencer, Adelaide, circa 1880
the vertically mounted egg with an inset mirrored diorama of a farmer resting under a tree watching his sheep, the embossed and chased base with an indigenous Australian on his hands and knees stalking an emu, applied xanthorrhoea grass to the base, the chased stem covered by climbing vine leaf and radiating fern leaves and kangaroo finial, unmarked, 30cm (11.5") high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Christies Melbourne 7 August 1990

    Reference:
    For a history of William H Spencer see William H Spencer Journeyman Silversmith by Peter Roberts, Australiana August 1992
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