An absolutely Adorable French Antique Silver ‘Egoiste’ or Selfish Creamer by CARDEILHAC
This creamer or milk pot is called ‘Egoïste’ in French as it holds enough cream or milk for 2 guests but no more! Hence the connotation of Selfish!
It is really adorable and the work on it is exquisite!
Its body is baluster shaped and rests on a round base, while the handle is in twisted Ebony and is removable
The lovely spout is duck bill shaped but done up with Laurel leaves beautifully detailed.
The dome shaped lid is topped by a charming décor of laurel leaves with a fig fruit as a finial.
The handle is set sideways and its base is decorated with a swirling wave pattern.
An absolutely charming piece! It is in superb shape no losses or marks.
The length given above includes the handle.
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title (950/1000) – Hence 1838 to 1919 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for CARDEILHAC and shows the name spelled out in full with Paris underneath.
The house of Cardeilhac started in 1802 with Vital Antoine Cardeilhac. He was active up to 1851 and at that tie was replaced by his son, Armand Edouard Cardeilhac, Armand Edouard Cardeilhac worked from 1851 to 1904 and became the Maitre Orfèvre for Napoleon III.
His offices were located at 91 Rue de Rivoli.