Bric a brac to put out around the house that you’ll have to do your best to live up to. Maybe it’s impossible. The bric a brac has won. Leopold Weininger, goldsmith. Living from 1854 to 1922, Weininger was listed in the Branchenverzeichnis der Meisterlisten als Spezialist, as a specialist for enameled pieces imitating the antique, starting in 1909. He worked in Vienna, Austria but his pieces were sold to customers all over Europe.

Silver gilt and painted enamel nef, the cup and cover formed as a three-masted galleon, the hull, base and sails painted with Neptune and sea nymphs enclosed within arabesques, with the deck inhabited with enamel sailors and hippocamps, surmounted by armorial pennants and supported by a handsome melusine. ca. 1890. Austrian. Silver-gilt and enamel. Makers mark and Austrian control mark. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Faif use license. via
Silver-gilt and enamel standing clock, set within an enamel case with classical scenes mounted by three enameled and gilt figures, resting upon enameled and gilt figural grouping of tribal warriors standing on the heads of intertwined fish, rising from enamel base on four winged feet. Back cover of the clock case opens to reveal a mechanism labeled Colling. ca. 1883-1900. Makers marks: marked “JW” on Diana’s head within the hexagon. Imaged by Heritage Auctions, Image © 2020 Heritage Auctions. Fair use license. via
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Rock crystal drinking horn with jeweled silver-gilt and enamel mounts, the domed head crowned by an enameled figure of a hunter holding an associated turquoise-set hat pin. Silver-gilt bands applied with pierced vignettes of chased and colourfully enameled equestrians hunting bears and stags, divided by scrolls set with emeralds within red enamel petals, terminating in a dragon’s tail in green and white enamel, supported by a rearing stag on a similarly decorated domed foot. Made after 1872. Rock crystal, silver-gilt and enamel. Makers marks: Maker’s mark and post-1872 Vienna standard mark. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via

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