German Silver Nef

  • This German silver nef was created in the city of Hanau by Neresheimer and Sons
  • An area known for its silversmithing, this nef is a stunning example from Hanau
  • The vessel is incredibly accurate, down to the complete crew on deck
  • Continental silver of this quality is extremely rare
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This colossal silver nef is a spectacular example of German silverwork from the town of Hanau. The vessel, crafted by notable Hanau smiths Neresheimer and Sons, is covered with incredible detailing and decoration. Complete with billowing sails, flags, an anchor and a full crew at work, it displays incredible chased and repoussé mythological scenes of Hermes on one side and Europa and the bull on the other. Holding the ship aloft is a marvelously formed fish rising above the tumultuous waves with its face at the ship's bow and its scaled tail at the stern. A majestic object of intricate workmanship and stunning detail, this nef is a wonder to behold.

Founded in 1890, Neresheimer and Sons were the most renowned of the Hanau silversmiths working at the end of the 19th century. The German city was famous for its silver industry which was based on imitating antique silver pieces in popular historical styles. Like many Hanau silversmiths, Neresheimer punched their work with what are called "pseudo-marks" that resembled English hallmarks, almost certainly for easier export to France and England. Elegant and precisely crafted, Neresheimer's pieces exhibit artistry of the highest quality, and they are among the finest silver items ever produced in Hanau.

Bears the mark of Neresheimer and Sons and Hanau silver marks.

Late 19th/early 20th century

19 1/2" wide x 5" deep x 25" high
German Silver Nef
Period: 19th Century
Origin: Continental
Type: Centerpieces
Depth: 5.0 Inches
Width: 19.5 Inches
Height: 25.0 Inches

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