This Gorgeous Antique French Silver Crystal Sugar Casket is by ‘Maîtres Orfèvres’ Édouard DEBAIN and Louis Frédéric FLAMANT.
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 bowl two different flower bouquets are carved out.
The framework shows beautiful and elegant silver arabesques as well as acanthus leaves scrolls.
The vessel rests on four feet outlined by acanthus leaves.
The cover is decorated with a gadroon design and floral scrolls and is topped by a lovely bird with outstretched wings which forms what we call the ‘Frétel’ (or Finial)
The size of the bowl makes it ideal to either be used as a sugar bowl or serve as a condiment bowl, or even to showcase flowers.
The composition is typical of the Napoleon III period.
The cobalt crystal interior is original to the piece and in perfect condition.
It is in superb condition. No chips or dents. Just gorgeous!
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title (950/1000) – Hence 1838 to 1919 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for Édouard DEBAIN and Louis Frédéric FLAMANT
Their Mark shows the two last names in a lozenge form, separated by a small boat or ‘navette’, and was registered in May 1864.
It was cancelled on November 23rd,1874.
Hence we can precisely date this piece to between May 1864 and November 1874 or a ten year period.
They were located 140 Rue Du Temple in what is today known as the Marais part of Paris.