Peculiar little silver bowl/cup-where is it from ?

Discussion in 'Metalware' started by bosko69, Feb 15, 2024.

  1. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Here's a cute little silver footed cup or bowl.It's 6 1/2 inches across by 2 3/4 inches high.It looks hand-crafted with a hammered bowl,cast handles and feet.I can't find any marks,stamps or signatures on it .My wild guess would be it's Peruvian,but who knows ?
    Any info will be a great help-thanks !

    Bwl1.jpg Bwl3.jpg Bwl2.jpg
     
  2. Finnclouds

    Finnclouds Well-Known Member

    Fun bowl!
    I get a South American vibe from it too. Peruvian or Bolivian, perhaps.
     
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  3. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    I get the same vibe from it.The little animal handles are to goofy to resist.
     
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  4. stracci

    stracci Well-Known Member

    It's adorable! You can eat your porridge out of it.
     
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  5. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    The little critters got me-love the whimsey.
     
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  6. stracci

    stracci Well-Known Member

    Did you test the metal?
     
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  7. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Not yet-I've to order a basic metal testing kit online,just have pick one.No mark or stamp so far.I like the hammering & casting qualities-sophisticated yet also primitive.Seems they were imitating a European motif but with indigenous forms & the feet aren't evenly spaced.
    It's fun & intriguing-my fave kind of find.
    PS-Here's a few similar bowls I found online.
    Pic#1 spoon handle that's vaguely reminiscent.Pic#2 shows the scoring (cross hatching) in another piece's figural handle

    Span Colonial Spoon Handle.jpg
    Monkey Span Colonial.jpg
     
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  8. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    great find that mate, my silver senses are tingling in the above last pic

    edit - from another piece - doh !!!
     
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  9. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Charlie-Just changed my caption to reflect these are 2 other pieces w/similar characteristics (should've clarified that).
     
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  10. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    nah my bad bosky, it was stated, i only read it after
     
  11. Finnclouds

    Finnclouds Well-Known Member


    I thought so too. Dolphins perhaps. A modern twist on Spanish Colonial. This was sold at an auction a couple of years ago as Spanish Colonial, possibly Peruvian or Bolivian.

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  12. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    It does look that Finn-seems more refined than most of the Colonial workmanship.
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  13. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Even the legs on the bowl look vaguely reptilian. The critters look like geckoes. I'm not sure where those are native to, but they've found a home in a lot of warm climates with lots of bugs for them to eat.
     
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  14. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    I think they look gecko too.
     
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  15. Finnclouds

    Finnclouds Well-Known Member

    The old European handles known as dolphin handles could look pretty lizardly… and turn into full ones after crossing the Atlantic.

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  16. Marie Forjan

    Marie Forjan Well-Known Member

    Would love to see that puppy polished up :)
     
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  17. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    It will look good polished.I've got Wrights & Simichrome.
     
  18. Bev aka thelmasstuff

    Bev aka thelmasstuff Colored pencil artist extraordinaire ;)

    They look a lot like Celtic sea horses to me. You know - those funny little things that look like sea horses?
     
  19. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Here tis w/ a bit of quick polish.You can see both the feet & handles are off kilter & still can't find a mark !

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