Vintage Swedish WA Bolin silver samorodok tray 1960s

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A vintage solid silver samorodok rectangular dish - an extremely rare tray or plate of a freeform rectangular shape with ancient cave painting inspired motifs of reindeer etc and raised on a polished footrim - the dish's textured decoration is achieved by using a very rare and unusual technique - the nuggety texture, often compared with elephant skin, is obtained by heating the metal just short of melting point and then plunging the item in freezing water - it is a technique that requires a lot of skill and is often seen used by top Russian makers of boxes and cases in the late 19th century - marked to the outside of the footrim WA Bolin for WA Bolin jewellers to the Royal Court of Sweden and Swedish hallmarks for Stockholm and 1962 Bolin - total weight 506grms - dimensions 245 x 210mm height 26mm - Sweden 1962
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