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Huge Ormolu Signed Rosewater Dish

£750.00 0 Bids Unsold, £30.00 Shipping

Seller: lovejoy0122 (364) 100%, Location: Barrow-in-Furness, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 112953225326 Its not very often that such a high end item is listed here on Ebay, and perhaps for something quite rare. Okay what makes it rare! Research has found no others, and whilst one may say it looks like the ladies Wimbledon Trophy which is also a Rosewater dish, and made from silver gilt, this is entirely different. Made from solid bronze, with a diameter of approx. 45 cms and weighing a mighty 6 kilos. Only the front of the dish is gilded, ( see front and back photos) which would indicate that this piece was made pre 1800 . The piece is signed, which is another rare thing to find on an Ormolu object. I am not an expert, nor do I have much knowledge on antiques, but I have got a brain and the capability of doing research. The long name on the back was abbreviated to a much shorter word after 1870. Thus another indicator this is an early piece. I wanted to add 30 pictures but Ebay only allows 12, as I wanted to show the sheer quality of workmanship and skill. However the 12 photos, do give a sampler of just how fine the quality is, not to mention the time it must have taken to make such a piece. The reverse shows the makers initials, below the crown, which represents Germany. I have no knowledge on makers names , nor the crossed hammer mark. The number 539 is also present, which I am led to believe relates to the date of this piece and could mean circa 1739 . Research into the 4 different designs of costumes worn, indicate dress styles from circa 1740. Women with long feathers in hats is indeed a style seen in early Georgian dress for the wealthy. Each image of dress style is separated by different gods, Athena with the winged helmet is seen in one for example.....Make your own mind up, on the accuracy of my description and research and please only bid if you are happy about what I have said. There is a light dent to one edge of the dish, ( shown in picture 4 ) which can be straightened, as Bronze is a pliable metal that doesn't break , unlike brass when manipulated. Thank you for looking.

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