Offered by: Mayfair Gallery
39 South Audley Street London W1K 2PP , England Call Seller 44.207.491.3435


Silver and silver gilt nef sailing ship

$ 22,500
  • Description
    Silver and silver gilt nef sailing ship
    Continental, 20th Century
    Height 44cm, width 38cm, depth 12cm
    Made from silver and silver gilt, this nef, also known as a model ship, is brilliantly formed to depict a galleon. Historically, pieces like this eye-catching model were used as dining table centrepieces, placed in front of the most important person to showcase their wealth and status.
    The ship’s body is masterfully cast in high relief with scrolling motifs and figures of putti riding a sea creature. The head of a Rococo-style dolphin adorns the rudder. Among the numerous masts, flags and shrouds are several figures bringing the marine-themed story to life. The combination of silver and silver gilt beautifully highlights various design features of the galleon.
    The piece stands on four wheels and is marked ‘925’ and ‘STERLING’ in several places. A ‘IFR & Ltd’ mark next to the date code for 1994 stands for Israel Freeman & Son Ltd who was an importer of silver. 
    Of an extremely intricate design, the piece celebrates the long history of nefs and would be a magnificent decorative piece for anyone interested in nautical history. 
    The piece weighs approximately 1,520 grams.
  • More Information
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Silver, Silver-gilt.
    Styles / Movements: Mid Century
    Dealer Reference #: 17481
    Incollect Reference #: 682138
  • Dimensions
    W. 14.96 in; H. 17.32 in; D. 4.72 in;
    W. 38 cm; H. 44 cm; D. 12 cm;
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Mayfair Gallery is a leading gallery in the field of art and antiques, holding a large collection of unique pieces for sale. The breadth of the gallery’s collection is wide, and includes items from a range of periods, styles and geographical origins, as well as works by famous artists and craftsmen. The main focus of the gallery’s collection is, however, on items produced during the 19th and early 20th century.

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