A lovely Antique French Vermeil Louis XVI Style Jardinière by Henri Lapeyre.
The ‘Jardinière’, or flower center table if you would rather, 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 Peonies or spray roses or as pictured here with off white roses and sprigs and the effect is incredible!
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.
This particular piece shows a lovely cut out work with geometric forms and rosettes, in the louis XVI style.
It rests on 4 altar shaped feet.
The insert is in gilded metal.
Filled with flowers it is absolutely lovely…
I will let you be the judge with the photos enclosed!
The Hallmark is ‘Minerve’ 1 -1st title (950/1000) – 1838 -1919– Paris
The Makers Mark is for Henri Lapeyre and shows his 2 initials with in the center a Spoon between two crescents.
He registered his mark in 1895 and was the successor to Pierre Gavard.
His workshop was located 49 rue Meslay in Paris