Marius Hammer Viking Warrior Plique A Jour Silver

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Rare Marius Hammer Silver Viking Warrior Plique A Jour

The large Norwegian silver vessel in the form of a Dragenstil long boat is built by hand in elaborate openwork motifs that, unlike any other example on record, include rows of Viking warrior masks, figural battle axes, shields in high relief with protruding bosses, a band of ocean wave motif, entwined serpents along the keel, and dragon heads among various decorative borders – all sculpted from silver stock and filled with jewel-tone glass enamels creating the look of brilliant stained glass. The technique of plique a jour – French for ‘letting in daylight’ – creates the intense colors on this larger-than-usual example with elaborate plique a jour stand, rather than a small solid oval pedestal base as is typically the case. The work bears a tag stamped with the maker’s hallmark and the silver standard mark of 930s, a higher silver content than that of Sterling.

Measures 8.5 x 12.5 x 5 inches.


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