A lovely Pair of Antique French Silver Wine bottle coasters by Louis-Gustave Leroy, also stamped by Jules Piault.
The center of each coaster is chased with large gadroons, while the edge is decorated with two men’s heads (grotesques) and two medallions applied with the owners’ monogram which reads AM.
Beautifully worked and quite heavy they are also very large hence can accommodate a larger bottle of wine or champagne.
The exact same model but bearing the coat of arms of the Duke of Montebello was sold by Sotheby’s in November 2013.
The Hallmark is Minerva 1 for 1st title Silver (950/1000) – Paris 1838/1919
There is a double Maker’s Mark on these 2 pieces:
Each piece shows the Maker’s Mark for Louis-Gustave Leroy, and is stamped Jules Piault, Paris, 1884-1897
In 1884, Maître Orfèvre Gustave Leroy opened his workshop and Jules Piault became a shareholder, hence the name Leroy et Cie. In 1897 the workshop was taken over by Robert Linzeler.
Their workshop was located 68 rue de Turbigo in Paris