A large Berlin silver krater-form vase after the antique

A large Berlin silver krater-form vase after the antique

Krater-form interior gilt vessel supported by a round fluted base on a square plinth. Handles issuing from bearded mascarons. The body decorated with acanthus and grapevine reliefs and two mounted officers in Prussian Ulanen uniforms. H 26.5 cm, weight 2,044 g.
Marks of Johann George Hossauer, ca. 1820.

The form of this wine-cooler is based on that of the famous Medici krater, a marble vessel from the 1st century B.C. that was discovered in the mid-16th century and is now housed in the Uffizi. The relief décor of the original, which shows the Homeric heroes consulting the oracle at Delphi, has here been replaced by a depiction of Uhlan soldiers, presumably at the request of the patron.


Private collection, Berlin.


Cf. also cat.: Berlin und die Antike, Berlin 1979, no. 558, illus. p. 229, and: Wesenberg, Johann George Hossauer 1794 - 1874, in: Forschungen und Berichte des Kunstgewerbemuseums Schloss Köpenick, Berlin 1987, p. 214, illus. 2.


Gold und Silber für den König, Johann George Hossauer (1794 - 1874) Goldschmied Sr. Majestät des Königs, Berlin, Schloss Charlottenburg, 1998. Illus. in: Jonas, cat. no. 21, p. 83.

Lot 209 Dα

15.000 € - 17.000 €