A Lovely Louis XVI style Antique French Silver ‘Jardinière’ by ‘Maitre Orfèvre’ Ernest ESCHWEGE.
The ‘Jardinière’ or Flower centre table, if you would, was used in a variety of ways in order to embellish the table, by either setting flowers or fruits or other items that could enhance the set up.
I use mine during dinners with either roses or wilder plants and the effect is lovely!
But you can use it in many other ways: to present fruits of course or sweets, or simply to decorate with a free standing candle in the middle of the table – The candles will bring out the cobalt blue of the crystal to an amazing effect!
This piece shows a lovely cut out work on the gallery which holds the cobalt blue crystal insert.
The work is elegant and very refined!
The cobalt blue insert is in good condition.
The Hallmark is ‘Minerve’ 1 – 1st title (950/1000) – 1838 -1919– Paris
The Makers Mark is for ‘Maître Orfèvre’ Ernest ESCHWEGE and shows two E’s separated by a diamond shape.
The mark was registered in the 1890, and was cancelled in 1921.
Eschwege’s address was listed at 42 Rue Meslay, in Paris.