Lot 2195 - 07 Nov 2017
Autumn Fine Auction
A cased rock crystal and amethyst parasol/sunshade or "entoutcas" handle, with gold and enamel mounts, retailed by Vickery London, probably Viennese, circa 1900, in the manner of Anton Wildhack, the knop carved with irises with amethyst centres, the collar enamelled in purple over engine turning between gold floral bands, the shaft with simulated wood decoration and silver gilt terminal band hallmarked "A A" and indistinct maker's mark, in a fitted case marked "J. C. Vickery 179, 181 & 183 Regent St. W", the handle 34cm long (lacking 10 original rib end tips). Illustrated
Footnote: A rock crystal handle by the same retailer and possibly by the same maker was sold by Sotheby's Olympia, lot 153, 19th April 2007. The firm of J. C. Vickery was founded around 1890 by John Collard Vickery in a short-lived partnership with Arthur Thomas Hobbs at 183 Regent Street. Continuing alone after 1891, Vickery extended his premises in 1900 to 179, 181 and 183 Regent Street, with showrooms to the rear at 1 New Burlington Place, where in 1913 he is listed as a goldsmith, silversmith, jeweller, dressing case and fitted travelling bag manufacturer, watch and clock importer, etc, with Royal Warrants from the King and Queen, the King of Spain, the King and Queen of Denmark, the Queen of Norway and the King of Sweden. A very similar handle is in the Victorian and Albert museum collection: the gift of Mrs Acton, it is currently on show in the Bollinger jewellery gallery.
Generally good. Upper band of knop is hand faceted- slightly unevenly under a glass. Small flaw to enamel- see photograph. Terminal cap is loose and tarnished. Case slightly tired and with vacant slots that would have held rib tips and also possibly screw that would have attached to main parasol. Old label damage and scuffs and damage to exterior of case.