Gorgeous Antique French Silver Sugar Casket by GOMBERT & BIBOLLET.
The silver framework, which holds the cobalt blue crystal, is cut away to reveal the darker colour of the crystal, enhancing the whole effect and outlining the beautiful carvings.
On each side of the bowl two cherubs surround a medallion topped by a flowing ribbon.
The sides registers are decorated with garlands of delicately carved fruits and flowers held up by knotted ribbons.
The vessels rests on 4 feet in the shape of goats hooves.
The lid is decorated with a pearl and leaves design and is topped by an acorn 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 or for the extra special treat of ‘Caviar’.
The cobalt crystal interior is original to the piece and is in superb condition. No chips or dents.
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title – Hence 1838 to 1919 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for GOMBERT & BIBOLLET.
Their Mark shows their two Initials, topped by the ‘&’ sign, flanking a passing lion with its head to the right.
They followed in the footsteps of Alphonse GOMBERT and actually occupied the same address at 2 Rue de Braque in what is today known as the Marais part of Paris. Their mark was registered on 1913.