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Lot 1356* - A204 Decorative Arts - Thursday, 30. March 2023, 10.00 AM

18 PLATES FROM THE BERLIN COURT SERVICE OF THE PRUSSIAN ROYAL FAMILY IN A LEATHER CASE

Berlin, 1913. Maker's mark Gebrüder Friedländer.
Round plates, decorated with grapevine branches in relief. The lip is engraved WR (= Wilhelminus Rex), below a crown for Emperor Wilhelm II (1859-1941) as the King of Prussia. The back is engraved with the weight in grams and the year of origin, 1913.
Leather case made of light-brown cowhide, with closure strap and carrying handle. The cover of the case is stamped "Königliche gr. Silberkammer BERLIN" and also has various inscriptions and bears a number.
Ø 26.5 cm. Total weight 14,427 g (ca. 800 g/plate).

Provenance:
- Royal Silver Collection, Berlin.
- Gallery Jürg Stuker, Berne. Auction 22 November 1974.
- Private collection, Germany, acquired at the above auction.

The lot on offer belongs to an extensive set of 870 plates in silver and silver-gilt, made between 1900 and 1916 by the most renowned goldsmiths at the Prussian Court - Gebrüder Friedländer, Wagner & Sohn and D. Vollgold & Sohn - for the House of Hohenzollern. A large part of the delivery was made in 1913, when two major events were meant to be celebrated by the Prussian royal family, i.e. the marriage of Viktoria Luise, the Emperor's only daughter, to Duke Ernst August zu Braunschweig und Lüneburg on 24 May, as well as the 25th anniversary of the Emperor's accession to the throne.

The design of these plates goes back to the Wedding Service "after English forms" made by Johann George Hossauer (1794-1874) for Prince William of Prussia and Marie Luise Augusta Katharine of Saxe-Weimar in 1829 (cf. Exhibition Catalog: Kaiserlicher Kunstbesitz aus dem holländischen Exil Haus Doorn, Schloss Charlottenburg, 11 May - 29 September 1991, Berlin 1991, p. 280).


CHF 18 000 / 24 000 | (€ 18 560 / 24 740)

Sold for CHF 33 240 (including buyer’s premium)
All information is subject to change.