An Elegant French Silver and Crystal Decanter or ‘Carafe’ by ‘Maitre Orfèvre’ Bloch Eschwege.
We do not usually dabble with early 1900 marks, but we totally fell for this lovely carafe!
The Crystal has been worked in the Intaglio style (Hence the images are engraved into the crystal) with ribbons and laurel garlands, set in squares that are also separated by wheel cuts to give the crystal more definition.
The Silver topper is very modern with an oval shaped figure cut in the middle by a groove.
The crystal insert is intact.
The upper part of the decanter is lined with solid silver bearing the same fine line as on the topper, but also showcasing a laurel wreath on the lower part.
The work is lovely and the piece is in brilliant condition with no chips or marks.
The width given above is taken at the larger part of the crystal.
The Hallmark is Minerve -1st title – 1838 -1926 -Paris
The Makers Mark is for Maitre Orfèvre Bloch Eschwege and shows a B and an E separated by a diamond shape.
The Mark was registered in 1920 and was cancelled 6 years later. He operated first at 23 Rue Des fontaines in Paris and then moved to 49 rue Meslay very close to the Porte Saint Martin in Paris.