Casket with corals

Koloman Moser
Designed 1902

The octagonal casket with a curved hinged lid stands on eight pressed ball feet. The edges of the sides are decorated with leaves. The front appears as a stylized envelope with a keyhole. Narrow profiles delimit the eight fields of the lid, in the center of which sit eight large, grooved coral cabochons. The casket was commissioned to Koloman Moser by the composer Gustav Mahler, then director of the Court Opera. The design was executed by the silversmith A.Sturm. On Christmas Eve 1902, Gustav Mahler presented the original jewel box to his young wife and mother of his first child, born in November 1902. The original piece is in the Ronald Lauder collection. Drawings with variants of the casket are kept in the archives of the Wiener Silber Manufactur.

925/000 sterling silver, corals

 23,710.00 incl. Tax

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