The twisting horn applied at the top with a cast frieze depicting classical figures leading cattle between Vitruvian scroll bands, ribbon-bound oak leaves and anthemion borders, surmounted by a male archer, his bow drawn and with an arrow trained on an eagle and serpent in vicious combat capping the other end of the horn, the horn supported on a stem formed by four ox's heads and crowning acanthus leaves, the base encircled by another serpent battling a griffin, all on a square pink granite base with silver mounts and four ball feet, marked throughout
Approx. 63 in. (160 cm.) high
The horn, by repute in the collection of Charles XV (1826 - 1872), King of Sweden and Norway.

The silver-mounted horn centerpiece:
B.G.J. Cavalli; Sotheby's, Geneva, 9 May 1988, lot 77.
The Victor Niederhoffer Collection of Trophy and Presentation Silver; Sotheby's, London, 15 December 1998, lot 174.
Carl Laurin, Modern Konstindustriutstallningen, Ord och Bild, 1897, S. 349, illus.
Dr. Aron Valentin, Andreas Aarflot, Kunsthantverkaren-Silversmeden, p. 5 (offprint from Stockholms Borgargilles Arsbok, 1948).
Stockholm, Sweden, The General Industrial and Art Exhibition, 1897.
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This magnificent centerpiece was mounted under the direction of Andreas Aarflot (1848 - 1937), after designs by Otto Valdemar Strandman. Aarflot, master of Mollenborg's, the court jewelers, was chosen early in his career to undertake work for the Swedish Royal family, restoring the christening font for the baptism of Gustav VI Adolph, and the great "Drentwett" throne before the visit of the Kaiser Wilhelm II, of Germany. The largest work undertaken by Mollenborg's under the direction of Aarflot, though, was the mounting in silver of this horn. After it was mounted with reportedly thirty kilos of silver, the finished work was then exhibited at the 1897 General Industrial and Art Exhibition in Stockholm together with other Aarflot works, including a long ship belonging to Prince Oscar Bernadotte (1859 - 1953), and a gold and silver-mounted nautilus cup, later given to the National Museum of Stockholm. The massive ox horn which forms the central component of the present lot is reputed to have originally belonged to King Charles XV of Sweden and Norway. An ardent collector of antiques and curiosities, many of King Charles's possessions, including the present horn, were sold at auctions in Stockholm after his death in 1872, at which time the horn was purchased by L. C. Ferron, the then owner of Mollenborg's shop, probably on behalf of the pharmaceutical magnate and collector B. G. J. Cavalli of Skovde, Sweden, who paid for it to be mounted in silver. The horn was later sold from Cavalli's collection in 1988.

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