A fantastic antique coconut cup finely modelled in the Renaissance style as an owl with hinged wings and figural strapwork. The silver head, with large cut paste eyes surrounded by tuffs of feathers, is detachable and can be used as a drinking cup. The silver base is intricately modelled as a rocky outcrop mounted with applied insects and amphibians.
Total weight, including coconut, 1025 grams.
Height 29.5cm. Spread across the wings 19cm.
Maker Gebruder Gutgesell.
Silver grade 875/1000.
Marks. Stamped on the base with Hanau silver marks on the base rim and the flange. The “13” represents the silver fineness indicated in “loth” (875/1000).
Maker: Gebruder Gutgesell
Gebruder Gutgesell (Valentina and Ferdinand), German silver makers in Hanau. Active from 1883.
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