A lovely Solid Silver and Baccarat Crystal Caviar Bowl by Maître Orfèvre André AUCOC
Consisting in 3 different parts this piece is versatile and easy to clean.
The main Baccarat bowl show large crystal gadroons and rests on a simple silver round pedestal.
The rim is fitted with a silver border that continues onto a silver receptacle which in turn holds the crystal center piece.
The crystal center piece is topped by a solid silver lid.
The Ice goes in the lower part and around the crystal center piece.
The depth given above is that of the crystal centerpiece that receives the caviar.
The piece features silver crossed ribbons and a pine cone in the louis XVI style. Circa 1890
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title (950/1000)- 1838 to 1919– Paris
The Makers Mark is for Maître Orfèvre André AUCOC.
His first Mark was registered 1887 and cancelled in 1911.
The mark deserves a little more explanation’s as it was one of the most outstanding amongst the French Master Silversmiths.
Casimir AUCOC first registered his mark in 1821, and founded the company at 154 rue Saint Honoré. The company then moved in 1835 to 6 rue de la Paix, where it stayed until 1936.
From 1836 to 1856 it was managed by Jean Baptiste AUCOC who had taken over from his father.
He was later followed by Louis AUCOC who took over starting 1856, before handing the management of the company to André AUCOC in 1887.
The company was famous for its outstanding larger pieces which beautifully and expertly reproduced the styles of the past centuries.
In 1839 it obtained its first silver medal in one of the first versions of the Universal Exposition to be held in Paris.
It continued collecting medals in 1844, then 1855 and 1867 at the Paris Universal Exposition.
Under André AUCOC the company took home the Gold medal in 1889 and 1900 and was one of the laureate at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (more commonly known as the St Louis World Fair) in 1904 in Missouri!