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B Petersen and Co (silversmith), circa 1870-1880, Christchurch
x 93mm (Width)
x 90mm (Depth)
|Credit line||Purchased 1993|
The design of this very elegant vase is based on ancient Greek and Roman styles. It has been given a distinctive New Zealand identity by the engraved scenes depicting waka (canoes) in a harbour and fern fronds.
Still in business
The vase was made in Christchurch by the firm of B. Petersen & Company. The company, which is still in business today, was founded in 1863 by Norwegian-born Benjamin Petersen (1837-1916).
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