Rudolf Linke incense vessel to make $50,000?

A late 19th century silver incense vessel designed by Rudolf Linke is to auction at Baclis Barcelona on July 17.

Believed to be worth £38,000 ($49,530), the painted, ruby-encrusted vessel, modelled as if balancing on the argent shoulders of Neptune, ancient Roman god of the oceans, was made circa 1885-1904 in Vienna.

Rudolf Linke incense burner
Linke was famed for his enamelling expertise

Although they seldom appear at auction, exceptional decorative silver items attributed to Linke are popular among collectors the world over.

An enamelled cornucopia boasting a griffin stem sold for $12,500 in April 2008, while a silver-mounted standing scent bottle brought $3,443 in December 2003.

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