Gold, enamel & rock crystal
Vienna, circa 1880
Attributed to Reinhold Vasters
Height: 17cm, 6.6in
Vasters was born in Erkelenz, a few miles north of Aachen. His father was a locksmith. His father died when he was aged 8, and he was raised by his uncle. After attending school, he trained as a goldsmith in Krefeld, and developed his skills further in London, Paris and Vienna. He exhibited works at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, and won a prize. He moved to Aachen, registering his mark in 1853. In Aachen, he worked with Heinrich Joseph Viethen making and repairing metal articles for the cathedral, and developed a reputation as a specialist in antique liturgical gold and silver. He married Anna Catharina Josepha Hammacher in 1855; she was the sister of painter Theodor Hammacher. They had three children, but she died shortly after giving birth to the third in 1859Description
The rock crystal cup on a pedestal foot with a gold and enamelled band. The bulbous stem with gold mounts whit enamel and garnets. The whole of the rock crystal carved with griffins, satyrs heads, scrollinf foliage and other mythical beasts.