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# 5709. A Viennese Gilded Silver and enamel lute form box. Size: the watch (Meuron & Comp - Neuchatel -verge movement) is 5 cm in diameter; the mandolin is 26.5 cm long x 12 cm wide x 7.5 cm deep. The box, body of the lute opens. There is enamel decorations on the outside and inside of the lute. Hall marks: "LP" for Ludwig Politzer (1841-1907). Ludwig Politzer was one of the most important silversmiths and jewellers working in Vienna in the second half of the 19th century. Although not much is known about his life, he was born in 1841 in Szeged, Hungary. From 1866 he was in partnership with Hermann Bohm until about 1870. His artworks were exhibited at the International Exhibition in Paris in 1878 and 1900 where he received a great popularity. He was appointed Imperial Court jeweller to the Hapsburg Court. He died in Vienna in 1907. The scenes are of Renaissance figures dancing, playing musical instruments and enjoying outside activities. Condition: the watch is not operating; there are considerable chips to the black enamel of the metal string arm. There is no damage to any of the enamel scenes. The watch is from the early to mid 19th century (tells time and date) and the lute is late 19th century. The face of the watch depicts a lady with one hand on the time and one hand on the date dials. She is standing on a checkered floor, the view is highly detailed. This is a suburb example of Viennese enamel work. Price: $9,500.00.
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