Elegant Antique French Gilded Silver Sugar Casket decorated in the Empire Style.
This lovely Sugar Casket is typical of what was called the ‘Retour D’Egypte’ Style.
It followed Napoleon Bonaparte’s Military campaign in Egypt, which went on from 1798 until 1801.
This campaign would lead to the creation of Egyptology and a huge infatuation in France for all Antique Egyptian decors.
This lovely little sugar casket is typical of that period.
Resting on a tripod ending with lions paws, the main rounded body is decorated with Sphinxes extending their wings and dressed with the Nemes Crown on their heads.
The upper ridge of the casket is lined with a delicate floral scroll and a laurel leaf wreath.
The dome shaped lid is topped by a delicate berry resting on a crown of leaves.
The piece is solid silver covered in 18 carat gold.
It is in superb condition. No chips or dents, no losses to the silver décor!
The Hallmark is Minerva 1 -1st title (950/1000) – Hence 1838 to 1919– Paris
It is also stamped with the Mercury Head which means it was at point considered for Export outside of France.
The Makers Marks is unfortunately stamped behind the Minerva, keeping us from being able to identify the Maker.
Considering the lovely work on it we could attribute it to either Emile Puiforcat or Charles Forgelot.