little serpentine bowl help

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by charlie cheswick, Oct 17, 2020 at 5:30 PM.

  1. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    hi folks

    this little serpentine bowl (3" by 1 1/4) had a written label stating it was antique

    was told from the lizard in cornwall, which seems to have pieces dating back to 19c

    can anyone tell by the pics, and how it looks to have been made if thats a possibility or not

    and what would it have been used for

    its carved out fully internally, so the hole part is like a lip

    any thoughts appreciated

    bowl1.jpg bowl2.jpg bowl3.jpg bowl4.jpg bowl5.jpg
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  2. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    i know my hands look like they would match what my profile pics would have, or that i might have appeared in time bandits, but i can assure you they are just at a funny angle:shame:
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  3. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    lol, I HAD to giggle at this, even though the phrase is foreign to me! :smuggrin:

    Your hands look fine to me! Is it brown onyx?
  4. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

  5. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    Here it is, straight from the lizard in cornwall!

  6. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    thanks for the info anti d, looks like the same stuff, he's quite talented that ian.......i mean...for a lizard :)
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  7. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    I have a bunch of this stuff, the best piece being a 8" high carved stylized Dolphin ...lands end lighthouses are commonly seen, also eggs, ashtrays and possibly yours ....could be a base for a table lighter, depends on the size, some of those round Ronsons might fit.
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  8. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

    so many variations. the value mostly lies in the artist when adorned with bronze figures or modelled and polished on individual request.
    one of the best known is Zöblitzer Serpentin from Saxony, that was used during Jugendstil era into art déco era.ö
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  9. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    thats a good shout blooey thanks

    its the internal fully hollowed out part that i find interesting, cant work out how it would have been done like that and why for something so small

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  10. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    Turned on a lathe, Charlie - a lot of these pieces are (like the lighthouses). I think the hollow and the base would have been done in a chuck like a faceplate.
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