An Elegant Antique French Silver and Cut Crystal Carafe by ‘Maîtres Orfèvres’ Risler & Carré.
It shows an exquisite workmanship, elegant form, harmonious proportions and a very elegant décor.
The theme is definitely Rocaille or Louis XVI, with the upper body covered with a beautifully worked silver piece, decorated with roses and ribbons as well as acanthus leaves.
The handles mirror an intricate scroll of acanthus leaves which widen at the bottom to hold the crystal body while resting on a Laurel leaf wreath.
The spouts is duck bill shaped and shows an acanthus leaf design on the underneath.
The finial is exquisitely composed on a rams’ head.
The interior of the lid is gold washed.
The rest of the décor is composed of beautifully detailed swans typical of the Restoration period.
The crystal bodies is worked in the Intaglio style with laurel garlands and acanthus leaves.
The Carafe can hold wine or water and is a lovely addition to a dinner table.
The Hallmark is Minerva 1-1st title (950/1000) – 1838 -1919– Paris
The Makers Mark is for ‘Maîtres Orfèvres’ RISLER & CARRÉ and shows an R and a C topped by a star with a square underneath.
The mark was registered on April 14th 1897, and was cancelled on October 19th 1912.
The address was listed as 16 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, in Paris. Today that same space is occupied by the Bottega Veneta High Fashion store.