HUGE MOSES SERVER
A very large and impressively heavy server featuring a
number of mythological themes
I have included a ruler and a normal tea sized spoon in the
picture to help you guage size.
This spoon is over 12" long and is very heavy.
There is one small untraced mark hidden in the bowl design just
above the bottom central boy image
I suspect that this spoon was manufactured in Hanau, Germany ca. 1870
-1900 possibly by the firm of
Schmidt or an (ex) employee (the mark does not look like their mark,
but the bowl design is extremely close to their known work)
My further guess is that this spoon was custom designed for use as a
server at a funeral.
The stem was first cast and then extensive repousse/chasing and cutout
work was performed by a master silversmith
I do not understand the symbolism of all these figures and would
appreciate any comments my readers might have..
As you can see this very busy repoussed/ chased bowl is about
seven inches long and was made by a silversmithing master.
Each side of the top shoulders of the bowl feature a fire-breathing
dragon and other symbolism
The picture is a little indistinct. Moses is pictured as balding with a
beard and is looking downward.
the top design in the bowl features two winged angels
holding a flowered urn
The central subject of the bowl is Moses holding the tablet of the
commandments with the golden calf to his left and a brick wall behind
A close variation of this scene is also shown in the Athena/Moses server exhibit
In the lower part of the bowl is a picture of a young man with puttis
on each side
The back of the stem and bowl are not finished, but on the bowl back
three letters are engraved in very fancy script (possibly 'SLL' but
open to interpretation)
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