A 17th Century German Sweetmeat Dish circa 1660

This beautiful piece of early silver is most likely German, or possibly Swiss- both nations made this type of object. It dates to the second half of the 17th century- 1660 to 1690 probably. It is completely unmarked, although of course I guarantee the piece is pre-1700. Is is most certainly not a 19th century reproduction. It bears wonderful naturalistic chasing in the Baroque style and is both delicate and lively.
These pieces are referred to as sweetmeat dishes, although they are also sometimes called Wine Tasters or Tastevin.

The condition is generally very good- the gilding is a beautiful pale lemon colour and the decoration is not too worn. There are a couple of hairline cracks around the handles and on one of the lobes where the silver is thinnest- to be expected of a piece of this advanced age, and reflected in the price.

It is 12cm long and 15cm from handle to handle.

Type: dish
Function: decorative silver
Country: German

Price: £ 650 GBP

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