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Hermann Böhm An Exceptional Austrian Silver, Enamel and Mother of Pearl Nef

Vienna, 1890 circa 
Hallmarked HB, with Austrian control marks

Height: 97 cm (38¼ in.)
Width: 65 cm (25 5/8 in.)

Additional Images Silversmith Biography

Hermann Böhm was a very prolific and inventive Austrian goldsmith who, together with Hermann Ratzersdorfer, spread the taste for Revivalist goldsmith's work. He studied the precious items in the Imperial Collections and the Green Vaults in Dresden and employed local artisans to work on miniature paintings, enamels and hardstone to create objects of "Rothschild" fashion for an international clientele. He is recorded as working in Vienna from 1866 until 1922.


The spiral-turned masts terminating in a flag finial above a crow's nest. Figures of sailors on the main body,  the sails decorated on both sides with vegetation, allegorical and mythological scenes. The masts joined by arched bridges, set on an ovoid deck sourmonted by a griffin, the trellis-cast stern applied with a winged mermaid, the interior and exterior of the recessed hull further decorated with foliage, masks and allegorical scenes. Resting on four dolphin supports and spreading square base centred on each side by a glass-enclosed putto and hippocampus. 

An Exceptional Austrian Silver, Enamel and Mother of Pearl Nef Reference: DT21.36.1