A Gorgeous Antique French Silver and Cut Crystal Ewer by Maître Orfèvre Edmond TETARD.
In French we call them ‘Aiguière’ and this one is particularly lovely.
It is distinguished by its fine workmanship, elegant form, harmonious proportions and its beautiful decoration.
The ornate base showcases Seashells as well as floral scrolls, while the lower part of the crystal vessel is completely covered by a beautiful Silver acanthus leaves scrolls décor.
The crystal itself is slightly twisted and wheel cut at the same time giving it a lovely flowing movement.
The collar is beautifully circled by a silver floral décor with acanthus leaves chutes and silver ribbons holding up floral garlands. A delicately carved seashell decorates the front of the collar.
The handle is beautifully worked with acanthus leaf scrolls and the lid is topped by an acanthus leaf knob topped by a small bouquet.
A beautiful piece, typical of the Claret ‘Aiguieres’ that became so popular in the mid to late 1800s
It is intact, no losses to the silver and no marks on the crystal –just beautiful!
The Hallmark is Minerva 1-1st title (950/1000) – 1838 -1919– Paris
The Makers Mark is for ‘Maître Orfèvre’ Edmond TETARD.
The Mark shows an E and a D followed a dot and the letter T.
It was topped by a kettle.
Edmond TETARD took over from Emile HUGO in 1880.
TETARD’s mark was registered on August 9th 1880, and he kept the symbol of the kettle (Named a Huguenot in French) from his predecessor.
Edmond TETARD received a gold Medal during the Paris World Trade Fair in 1889
His own mark was cancelled in 1903 and his workshop taken over by his descendants under the name TETARD Frères.
His workshop was located 4 rue Beranger in Paris.