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Sale Price: $10,725.00
Listed Price $16,500.00
  Stock #BD479

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German Silver, Ivory And Agate Candy Dish Circa 1900
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Sale Price: $10,725.00
Listed Price $16,500.00

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This is a magnificent museum quality bonbonniere consisting of an agate candy/nut dish banded with German 900 silver and resting upon a fabulous and elaborate silver stand in the Indian style which has been decorated with a pair of elephants with ivory tusks, an ivory figure of Buddha and a pierced silver base inset with turquoise cabochons. The oval dish has been formed from an exceptionally fine quality piece of moss agate with beautiful lacy striations in a lovely rich, deep saturated shade of green swirling against a lighter warmly-shaded background. This is held in place by 4 elegantly designed pierced silver bands which attach to the truly spectacular supportive base. This has been superbly crafted in the form of an Indian temple complete with a seated ivory Buddha in the center guarded by a pair of beautifully made elephants. The miniature Buddha is exquisitely depicted and has been crafted with exceptional skill and precision throughout, sitting calmly in the center and wearing an expression of complete serenity. He has been flanked by a pair of reposing elephants, their trunks raised upwards to symbolize good luck and prosperity. The elephants have made been to the very highest standards, their heads and bodies being extraordinarily detailed and extremely realistic in appearance. The temple has ornate arched doorways which have been prettily decorated with Eastern motifs and rests upon a scalloped base completely surrounded by pierced work inset with cabochons of a sumptuously saturated shade of blue-green turquoise. These elements have all serendipitously combined to form a truly exceptional and unique work of art which would make a distinctive and sophisticated addition to any setting. It is in excellent, pristine condition throughout and has been clearly stamped on the base with a full set of German hallmarks and the name of the makers, Sy and Wagner of Berlin, the distinguished court jewelers to Kaiser Wilhelm II. This wonderful objet d’art measures approx. 6 ½” x approx. 3 ½” x approx. 6 ¼” tall.