A large fortune teller's crystal ball - putto motif

A wonderful, very large (40cm!) crystal gazing ball and stand, adorned with the most beautiful winged putto.

The cherub is reminiscent of an Atlas figures, holding the weight of the ball on their back.

The base of the stand is well rubbed silver plate on brass. It is marked for exceptional maker Mappin & Webb, and was retailed by Lyons (of Lyons cake fame, founded 1884).

The ball is a later addition as it is fairly smooth whereas very early ones are rippled. It nestles perfectly in the stand. It’s huge at around 20cm alone! It’s extremely heavy.

These are very rare things and becoming so far to find, so do not miss out. This is a stunning, show stopping, unusual example.

The perfect centerpiece on a gypsy table, or addition to your wunderkammer. A great piece for any interior.


All approximate

40cm overall height

22cm stand

20cm ball

Skull is life size for scale.


Condition: Where there are specific points to note we will detail these as far as possible but please be aware that all our items have wear commensurate with age and are as seen in the photographs. If you require any specific information please do not hesitate to get in contact. Please note: some wear and rubbing to the stand.

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