Jewellery, Watches and Objects of Vertu (26 March 2019)
Date of Auction: 26th March 2019
Sold for £7,000
Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000
FootnoteIn 1988 Peter Jenkins retired as clerk of the Goldsmiths’ Company after 13 years. The company wished to give Peter a retirement gift, he suggested a piece by Louis Osman, who he had known many years and whose work he admired. It was decided the piece should be a mazer bowl (a medieval drinking vessel) and Louis set to work researching the history of mazer bowls and determined that the design should be “in the medieval tradition but completely contemporary in feeling” and based on a rare waterlily, found in the Bodnant Gardens in North Wales.
The lip of the bowl is silver gilt on a titanium core, with a slight ripple effect, to suggest moving water, work which tested silversmith Peter Musgrove to his utmost. For the bowl itself Louis selected Laburnum wood, “cream[ier] in colour and a marvellous contrast with the silver gilt. In the centre of the bowl sits a realistically modelled waterlily ‘cover’, worked by Michael Knight and masterfully enamelled by Louis’ wife Dilys. This ‘cover’ can be removed from the bowl and used as a free standing smaller centrepiece. The accompanying design shows that Louis had intended that the bowl to bear a presentation inscription - work that was never undertaken on the final piece.