Object Description

Made of solid silver, raised on four legs topped with rams head and centred with a carved relief plaque depicting cherubs, the oval shaped tiers surfaced with mirrored glass, the top tier in detachable tray form with beaded rim and twin handles, the lower tier raised on four continuing legs modelled at the top as acanthus leaves leading to hoof feet, marked in several places with German silver crescent moon and crown, incised with ‘800’ for standard silver and sickle for Schleissner.

This exceptional table is crafted entirely from solid silver. The rare work is unusual for its exquisite attention to detail and fusion of styles.

Object History

The final image shows a rare original photograph of the silver tea table from the company archive of J. D. Schleissner & Sohne. The photograph is inscribed ‘No. 10469’ with additional numbers below this. Examination of J.D. Schleissner & Sohne’s original photographs, design drawings and company moulds revealed that the work was made in 1910 for a family in the banking business in Aachen, Germany.

Object Literature

Schmidberger, E. & Schneider I., Hanauer und Kasseler Silbe (Kassel, 1981), p.48; Thiele, B., Tafel- und Schausilber des Historismus aus Hanau (Berlin, 1992), p.267.

Object Condition

Good

Object Classification

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