Viennese Enameled Silver and Rock Crystal Charger by Hermann Böhm

  • This Viennese charger combines highly prized rock crystal with the art of enameling
  • Rock crystal plaques are mounted in their silver frame and feature exquisite etched motifs
  • The silver-gilt frames are encased by vibrantly hued enamel
  • Crafted by the great enamelist Hermann Böhm, it is exemplary of late-19th-century Austrian artistry
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Item No. 31-1520

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This monumental Viennese charger combines the mastery of the Viennese enameling tradition with the radiance of rock crystal. The opulent silver form is mounted with panels of solid rock crystal that are intricately etched with Berainesque-style motifs, including gryphons and birds amidst foliate scrolls. The silver-gilt frames are equally opulent, almost completely enameled with putti and other figures in vibrant reds, whites, blues and greens. Crafted by the great enamelist Hermann Böhm, it is exemplary of the Austrian mastery over the arts of enamel and rock crystal.

From the Renaissance to the 19th century, rock crystal was considered one of the most highly valued of the minerals and was held by many to be a marvel of nature. Also known as natural quartz, it is particularly beloved for its ability to refract light. When cut and polished, the inherent striations and inclusions of the crystal create a reflection of light far more brilliant than manmade crystal or glass. The scarcity of this crystallized quartz, however, limited its use and for thousands of years, glass makers have sought to imitate its shimmering qualities. It was particularly prized during the 18th and 19th centuries, when it was one of the most precious and expensive materials used in the decorative arts. 

Bears the mark of Hermann Böhm and Austrian silver hallmark

18 3/4" diameter x 3" high
Viennese Enameled Silver and Rock Crystal Charger by Hermann Böhm
Period: 19th Century
Origin: Austria
Type: Rock Crystal
Depth: 3.0 Inches
Width: 18.75 Inches
Height: 18.75 Inches

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