An absolutely Beautiful and Elegant Antique French Silver Empire Sauce Boat by ‘Maitre Orfèvre’ Charles Antoine Hience.
The Beautiful piece has its matching removable oval under tray slightly dipped in the middle, and accented by the same laurel motifs that grace the sides of the main dish.
The Dish itself rests on a raised oval pedestal also lined by a laurel leaf motif.
The Delightful Handle is represented by a solid Silver Lioness’ head rising up from a column of acanthus leaves.
It is exquisitely representative of the Empire Style in its most elegant expression!
The piece is perfect in its balance and style.
It sits beautifully on a table, perfect to serve your favorite sauces!
It comes from a wonderful private collection from a Franco Italian family in Switzerland, who had an incredible 1st Empire Silver Pieces collection.
Both pieces bear a DE Monogram.
The Hallmark is 1er Coq -1st title Silver (950/1000) – Paris 1798/1809
The Makers Mark is for Antoine Hience. It shows his initials separated by crossed anchors.
His mark was registered in 1798 and canceled in 1828.
His workshop was first located 30 Quai des Orfèvres then 60 Quai des Orfèvres in Paris.