Antique Australian silver work is so rare and hard to come by, and here is an exceptional quality antique sterling silver centre piece that showcases so much of Australia in one piece.
Made in 1870 and attributed to the highly skilled silversmith, Julius Schomburgk, this magnificent centrepiece measures an astonishing 60cm tall by 18cm wide at the base.
With an Aboriginal man at the bottom and one further up the tree fern they are hunting a goanna. The detail in this piece is just extraordinary and the glass bowl is beautifully etched with egrets and flowers, with the top trumpet finial. This is such an exciting piece to admire and is truly museum quality and rarity.
At the front it is hand engraved with "To Papa & Mamma on their Silver Wedding Day from their Children and Grandchildren 14th August 1870" which adds such a beautiful personal touch to this already exceptional piece.
Early Australian sterling silver pieces have long been hard to come by, and this piece is breathtaking from every angle that you look at it.
Maker: (Attributed to) Julius Schomburgk
Rare antique Australian sterling silver centrepiece made in 1870 attributed to Julius Schomburgk.
A brief history on Julius Schomburgk:
Julius Schomburgk was born in Germany in 1819 and like many German gold and silversmiths of the mid-19th Century, emigrated to Australia in 1850. A highly talented and artistic silversmith, he made some superb pieces for the highly esteemed jewellery firms of Henry Steiner and Joachim Wendt. Many pieces that have been attributed to him (he did not stamp his pieces like Steiner and Wendt) are on display in various museums and universities in Australia.
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