Near pair of silver plated and gilded Giraffe Tazzae with cut-glass dishes
Near pair of silver plated and gilded Giraffe Tazzae with cut-glass dishes:
the gilded giraffes standing on rocky outcrops beneath palm trees; the
cut glass dishes fixed with centre gilded flower studs. Circa 1860 and restored. (Dimensions are for larger tazza. Height of smaller: 14″- 35.5cm , width: 10″- 25.5cm).
Giraffe memorabilia became very popular in the 19th Century after a female giraffe (later known as Zarafa), was sent from Egypt as a present to King Charles X of France. Transported by boat to Marseilles in 1826, she was then walked 900 miles to Paris, where she lived in the Jardin des Plantes for 18 years.