Vermeil Swan Nef - Decorative Arts
Vermeil Swan Nef
A figural vermeil Nef by Durgin-Gorham of Rhode Island, having the shape of a barque with swans on each end. Gilt sterling (.925), American, c. early 20th century.
Of Medieval origins, a nef was originally a piece of tableware in the shape of a boat, used to hold the lord and lady's cutlery, plates, and other important dining utensils. Over the centuries, the nef has been reimagined in many forms for various decorative uses.
Weight: 38 ozt
7.75” h. X 18.5” l. X 5.75” w.