Silver and Enamelled Viennese Nef

Silver and Enamelled Viennese Nef

HERMANN BOHM (died c.1890)
Silver and Enamelled Viennese Nef

Date & Origin c. 1880, Vienna
Dimensions
H
79 cm (31 inc)
W
37.50 cm (14 inc)
D
21.50 cm (8 inc)
Description
A Large and Important Viennese Nef
By Hermann Böhm

Constructed in silver, bearing the maker’s marks, and exquisitely enamelled; the boat form nef, with a detachable enamelled cover, having enamelled ellipses, polychrome decorated with Classic scenes from antiquity both to the interior and exterior, is supported on a domed foot, having the stem cast with four stylised dolphins interspersed with tritons, and incorporating a pavilion of musicians and spectators, with six oarsmen; a central mast, under sail, and dressed with spirally decorated enamels, and is topped with a flag, rises from the pavilion, itself flanked by ovoid containers.
Literature
Hermann Böhm was one of the best and most well-known representatives of the Neo-Renaissance goldsmiths art, creating precious objects made in 16th-century style from polychrome enamels, rock crystal, semi-precious stones, pearls and niello. He was inspired by the 16th century Kunstkammer objects in the Kaiser’s collections. In 1866, he founded the "Gold and Silverware Factory".

A characteristic feature of Böhm’s fine enamel works is the meticulous, detailed painting of the reverse sides of objects in delicate colours.
Medium
silver, enamel, polychrome
Signed / Inscribed
marked maker
Condition
Excellent
Stock Code 7751
P.O.A
Dimensions
H
79 cm (31 inc)
W
37.50 cm (14 inc)
D
21.50 cm (8 inc)
Description
A Large and Important Viennese Nef
By Hermann Böhm

Constructed in silver, bearing the maker’s marks, and exquisitely enamelled; the boat form nef, with a detachable enamelled cover, having enamelled ellipses, polychrome decorated with Classic scenes from antiquity both to the interior and exterior, is supported on a domed foot, having the stem cast with four stylised dolphins interspersed with tritons, and incorporating a pavilion of musicians and spectators, with six oarsmen; a central mast, under sail, and dressed with spirally decorated enamels, and is topped with a flag, rises from the pavilion, itself flanked by ovoid containers.
Stock Code 7751

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