This gorgeous Antique French Silver & Cobalt Crystal Sugar Casket is by ‘Maîtres Orfèvres’ DEBAIN & FLAMANT.
The silver framework, which holds the cobalt blue crystal, is cut away to reveal the darker colour enhancing the whole effect and outlining the beautiful carvings.
The framework shows beautiful and elegant silver arabesques as well as acanthus leaves scrolls framing a central medallion which holds a D & R monogram!
The frame also features classical pilasters framed by acanthus leaves.
The vessel rests on four feet represented by acanthus leaves.The handles are square and showcase acanthus leaves running on the sides.
The cover is decorated with a ‘gadroon’ design and a ribbon tied laurel garland.
It is topped by a gorgeous pomegranate fruit which forms what we call the ‘Frétel’ (or Finial)
The size of the bowl makes it ideal to either be used as a sugar bowl or serve as a condiment bowl, or even to showcase flowers.
The composition is typical of the Napoleon III period.
The cobalt crystal interior is original to the piece and in perfect condition.
The sugar bowl is in superb condition. No chips or dents. Just gorgeous!
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title (950/1000) – Hence 1838 to 1919 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for DEBAIN & FLAMANT
Their Mark shows the two names in a lozenge form and was register in May 1864.
It was cancelled in November 1874.
They were located 140 Rue Du Temple in what is today known as the Marais part of Paris.