Beautiful Antique French Silver and Cobalt Crystal Sugar Casket by ‘Maitre Orfèvre’ Adolphe BOULENGER.
This beautiful piece is truly a work of Art!
The silver framework, which holds the cobalt blue crystal, is cut away to reveal the darker colour enhancing the whole effect and outlining the beautiful carvings.
On each side of the casket we have the same medallion stamped with an A V Monogram, surrounded by water reeds and floral arabesques.
The details on the leaves are magnificent and the photos you will see barely make it justice!
The remainder of the casket is decorated with beautiful acanthus leaves and floral scrolls, while the piece rests on four littles feets carved out of the same acanthus design.
We see the same acanthus leaves on the two handles that delicately spread out on each side.
The lid or cover is decorated with‘Guilloche’ acanthus leaves and oval pearl shapes, and is topped by a little flower knob shaped like a ‘cassolette’ (or covered dish) .
The size of the casket makes it ideal to either be used as a sugar bowl or serve as a condiment bowl, or even to showcase flowers.
The cobalt crystal interior is original to the piece and in perfect condition.
This lovely piece is in superb condition. No chips or dents, no losses to the silver, just GORGEOUS…
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title (950/1000)- Hence 1838 to 1919 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for Adolphe BOULENGER, and shows his name spelled out with a crescent underneath. The name is also stamped directly on the side of the lid.
Adolphe BOULENGER registered his mark on June 23rd 1876 and cancelled it on April 9th 1899. He was followed by his son Charles Boulenger.
Adolphe Boulenger had first gotten into the silversmithing industry in 1864, taking over the business from his grand-uncle. He went on to build his workhop and employed at one point over 60 collaborators.
They were located 4 Rue du Vertbois in Paris.