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Vessel in the Form of a Seamonster
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Vessel in the Form of a Seamonster

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Description Until recently, this vessel in the shape of a marine monster was identified as carved by Alessandro Miseroni and mounted in enameled gold by Hans Vermeyen (died 1606). Now it is regarded as the work of Reinhold Vasters (1827-1909), a restorer turned forger based in Aachen, Germany. He was responsible for designs that were often executed in Paris. Many of his pieces passed through the collection of the famous dealers and collectors.
  • World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
Provenance Barons R. and F. Sillière [exhibited in Paris Exhibition of 1880]; Baroness Mathilde von Rothschild (1832-1924), Frankfort am Main; Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co., New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore, July 5, 1927, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1927

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19th century
smoky quartz, gold, enamel
Accession Number
7 1/16 in. (17.9 cm)
  • France, Paris (Place of Origin)
  • Germany, Aachen (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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