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Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980

An exceptional, fine and impressive vintage sterling silver gilt nef / centrepiece; an addition to our ornamental silverware collection

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Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Vintage Circa 1980

Description


This exceptional vintage sterling silver nef has been realistically modelled in the form of a 16th century ship.


The surface of the ship vessel, sails and flags are ornamented with silver gilt filgree decoration, incorporating four applied two-toned enamel cross pattées (otherwise known as cross formée/formy).


The ship is further ornamented with rope twist decorated strands entwining the masts and forming an undulating ladder.


This impressive vintage silver nef is fitted to four scrolling supports to a quatrefoil shaped domed base, ornamented with further filigree work.


This exceptional example of continental silverware retains the original gilding.


The nef has been independently tested using state of the art technology (Niton XL2 Analyzer) and verified as .925 standard silver.


* A NEF was originally an extravagant table ornament created to hold spices or wine. Latterly nefs became more ornate and decorative, foregoing their functional use. A nef would be placed in front of the most important person seated at the table as a mark of their status.


Read a brief history of antique silver centrepiece bowls


AC Silver
Origin: Europe

Condition


This silver nef is an exceptional gauge of silver for its type, excellent quality and in exceptional presentation condition.

There are no hallmarks as to be expected with such a piece; the date and origin can be determined by the composition and decoration.


Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this fine example of antique silver.


Dimensions


Height 25cm/9.8"

Length 27.5cm/10.8"

Width 9cm/3.5"

Length of foot 9cm/3.5"

Width of foot 7.8cm/3.1"


Weight


9.9 troy ounces/307g


 
 
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