The Shlomo Tepper Judaica Collection

A Rare Silver Hot Air Balloon-Form Spice Container, Austro-Hungary, 19th Century

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Start price: $500

Estimated price: $800 - $1,200

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Composed of a base with three pennants and six silver ropes connected to the balloon, the top of which is a removable lid. Marked with maker’s mark IC.

Height: 13.5 cm

Condition: Some dents.

Provenance: Shlomo Tepper Collection

Literature: For an identical piece, see Benjamin, Chaya, “The Stieglitz Collection, Masterpieces of Jewish Art”, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1987, p. 114, no. 80.1 (illustrated) and
Benjamin Chaya, “Spice Towers”, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1982, p. 19, no. 15 (illustrated)