A German silver centrepiece in the manner of Gabriel Hermeling (1833-1904), incuse 800 standard mark
Lot 147
A German silver centrepiece
in the manner of Gabriel Hermeling (1833-1904), incuse 800 standard mark
£20,000 - 25,000
US$ 31,000 - 39,000

Lot Details
Colonial and Continental Silver
A German silver centrepiece
in the manner of Gabriel Hermeling (1833-1904), incuse 800 standard mark
The central mount with a seated Bacchante, naked torso and diaphanous drapes across her lower body, arm aloft holding grapes and her lowered arm holding a scallop shell, with a cherub pouring wine from a vessel, further surrounded by three other cherubs, one holding a goose, another a deer and a basket laden with fruit, the naturalistic ground with two doves perched by a floral torchere and a fish leaping from the river, above an open-work rococo style scroll base, upswept centre issuing from cherub terms flanking four circular dishes, weight total 247oz.

Footnotes

  • Family history relates that this impressive centrepiece was ordered from Hermeling after a similar piece had been seen at a Cologne City Council dinner. Magnificent silver and enamelled objects by Hermeling are in the collection of the Cologne Museum. A piece of similar design and size that bore the mark of Hermeling was sold at Sotheby's New York, 25 October 2010, ex-lot 55.
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