This is a very handsome 800 silver wine bottle holder with exceptionally fine quality repousse decoration.
It has a distinctive streamlined silhouette and has been lavishly embellished all over with a lovely design of grape clusters, vines and leaves which dramatically and effectively showcases two charming repousse medallions on each side chronicling the journey of the wine from the vineyard to the table.
In the first scene a group of farm workers dressed in medieval clothing is shown picking grapes and placing them in a basket, while in the second, a peasant pours the grapes into barrels attached to the saddle of his mule.
In the third scene a farmer watches as two workers trample the grapes in a large barrel, and in the final scene all the hard work is rewarded as two men seated at a table in a tavern are served a jug of wine by the inn keeper.
An empty jug on the floor behind them is a testament to the success of the wine-making process!.
The details on all of these scenes have been rendered with exquisite skill and precision, each depiction forming a truly delightful miniature work of art in its own right.
The intricately designed and beautifully crafted vines, leaves and grapes that punctuate the scenes create an ideal background to perfectly show off the scenes to their best advantage.
The grape clusters and leaf motifs have been effectively continued all along the nifty carrying handle.
As a final touch, the interior has been finished with a light gold wash.
The caddy is in excellent condition, the silver has a beautiful patina and all the decorative elements are crisply defined and nicely detailed.
An unadorned area below the lip which supports the neck of the bottle has not been monogrammed.
On one side, at the base of the caddy, there is a stamped crown and crescent symbol which represents Germany together with the number 800 which identifies the silver content (ie 800 parts per 1000).
This is a very elegant piece which would make a very stylish and sophisticated presentation at any occasion incorporating fine wining and dining.
This practical piece measures approx. 9 1/2" X 4" X approx. 7" tall to the top of the carrying handle.