Ca. 1900 -Long and tapering silver knob fashioned in a modified Milord shape ending in a cap turned with multiple rings including a raised trailing laurel leaf band and topped by a round and plain rose quartz cabochon. The body itself has a two tiers design and is entirely engine turned and pale azure enameled. The larger upper part is embellished with underglaze micro painted rose’s garlands in shaded pink and green hanging on navy blue knotted ribbons and the smaller lower one with matching rose’s arrangements in a repeating cross hatching pattern. Nothing fails to please in this exquisite Viennese knob from the workshops of Georg Adam Scheid, one of the most recognized silversmiths and enamellers worldwide, which exudes all the refinement and elegance of the Imperial capital. More and above, is graced by a first rate snake wood shaft, license to ultimate cane luxury and survived flawless.
H. 2 ½” x 1”, O.L. 37 ¾”
Enamel is a smooth, glassy, protective or decorative medium that can be fused on to a metal, glass or ceramic surface by firing and generally pairs well with engine turning. Enamel colors are made out of powdered glass and pigmented metallic oxides such as gold, copper and manganese suspended in an oily medium. During firing, the oily medium burns away and the others fuse together.
Engine turning, also often called guilloché like in the French language, is done with a machine called a rose engine or decoration lathe, which cuts grooves in geometric patterns. It was used to adorn the cases of pocket watches and other small items and also to engrave printing plates for stock and bond certificates. Because the pattern is engraved, the reflection of light is enhanced, and its brilliance can be seen as the piece is moved from side to side. The best known artist, but not the first using this technique, was Fabergé, who, when showing pieces in Paris in 1900, brought a new interest to this practical method. Engine turning is very delicate and requires sophisticated equipment and high skill; it was developed in the 18th century and died out after WWI.