Swedish Silver Nef

  • This monumental silver nef is a spectacular example of Swedish silversmithing
  • It is masterfully crafted, with three masts and intricate detailing throughout
  • Dating back to the Middle Ages, the nef is an opulent table ornament in the shape of a ship
  • Get complete item description here
Item No. 31-3806

To speak to one of our experts, call 1-888-711-8084

This grand silver nef is a spectacular example of Swedish silverwork. It is masterfully crafted, with three masts with billowing etched sails and covered with incredible chased, repoussé and applied adornments punctuated by the dramatic dolphin-form rudder. A majestic object of intricate workmanship and stunning detail, this nef is a wonder to behold.

Dating back to the Middle Ages, the nef is an opulent table ornament in the shape of a ship. The earliest known mention of the nef is from 11th-century France, and, indeed, its name is derived from the French nickname for a popular ocean sailing ship. The vessel was likely initially used as a goblet for drinking, and the four decorative wheels of the vessel, as seen here, enabled the ship to be easily passed around the table. As the form evolved, it became an elaborate dining accessory crafted of precious metals and stones and used to hold valuable items such as salt and other spices and condiments. Over time, the nef became purely ornamental and remains a striking centerpiece for the dining table.

Bears Swedish National Control Marks

Early 20th century

18 5/8" wide x 5 1/2" deep x 19 5/8" high
Swedish Silver Nef
Period: 20th Century
Origin: Other
Type: Centerpieces
Depth: 5.5 Inches
Width: 18.63 Inches
Height: 19.63 Inches

Recently Viewed

Back to Top
back to top

Shopping Bag

Your shopping bag is currently empty.