Serpentine Screw-Top Bottle, Facetted, Germany, around 1700. Estimated € 3,200.00. Sold for € 1,600.00. Photo Auctionata
This German screw-top bottle of Saxon serpentine dates to around 1700 and it is shaped with a special facetted wall. The screw bottle has got a conically built, cylindrical corpus with a thick wall. The protruding base ring is covered with tin applications. The screw lid has got a round tin ring.
The screw bottle is in very good condition with minimal traces of age and use. Traces of use are visible at the tin mounts. The total height, including the lid, is 15.5 cm.
The serpentine was widely used in Europe before the widespread introduction of porcelain at the end of the 18th century due to its good processability on the lathe. In Zöblitz, the extraction of serpentine was operated since the 15th century. This is documented by the inventory of the Saxon silver chamber at the end of the 15th century, mentioning fork handles of serpentine. In the 16th century, Augustus of Saxony possessed equipment from serpentine in his famous cabinet of curiosities. The mounts were mostly made of silver, tin, copper and brass, and were manufactured at the place of the buyer of the serpentine item, whereas dealer invoices as well as city and maker’s marks often give clues to the export routes, which took the Saxon serpentine throughout Europe. ™