Gorgeous Antique French Silver & Crystal Butter Dish by ‘Maîtres Orfèvres’ RISLER & CARRÉ
This piece outlines the refinement the table attained in the mid to late 1800s. The Butter dish consists of a silver body worked with a silver pear line and ‘vignettes’ showcasing olive branches.. The silver body protects a lovely crystal insert with a light gadroon décor on the upper part.
A tulip garland closes the lower register
The lid of the dish is very pure, topped by a finial in the form of a blackberry, while large gadroons adorn the rest with Olive branches in between. A Tulip wreath and a pearl line perfect the lid decorations.
The silver ‘Présentoir’, or display dish, on which the butter dish is resting, is beautifully worked into a slightly dipping plate and is lined with a tulip garland on the edge.
The piece is lightly ‘Vermeillé’ or 18 carat gold coated on the inside.
The size of this butter dish is quite impressive! If you should ask why, then consider that in the 18th/19th century the butter would be presented in the center or the dish and surrounded by cold water or ice in order to keep it in perfect shape!
This is a beautiful find!
It is absolutely impeccable, no dents, no marks, no scratches…just pristine!
Though originally intended for butter, you can use it for many other things, including Jam or sauces.
Another use would be putting a smaller glass or crystal insert in the dish and adding crushed ice around it, for an absolutely amazing Caviar presentation….
The dimensions given above are for the Butter dish itself. The presentation dish is 7.9 inches in diameter.
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title – Hence 1838 to 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.