Gorgeous Antique French Silver and Cobalt Crystal Sugar Casket by ‘Maitres Orfèvres’ Victor Boivin.
This beautiful piece has a substantial size and weight!
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.
On each side of the casket we have the same motif of silver cage frame surrounded by floral scrolls in the expansive Rocaille or Louis XV Style.
The handles separate on the upper part and represent once again floral scrolls with acanthus leaves.
The remainder of the casket is decorated with beautiful rosettes and floral scrolls, while the piece rests on four little feet carved out of the same scroll design.
The lid is decorated with silver painted waves and floral scrolls and topped by a ‘toupie’ or spinning top motif.
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 cobalt glass interior is original to the piece and in perfect condition.
This lovely piece is in great condition.
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title (950/1000)- Hence 1838 to 1919 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for ‘Maitre Orfèvre’ Victor BOIVIN and shows a V and a B with a star above and below
He registered his first mark shortly after his father in the 1880s.
The Mark was registered again in 1897. Victor BOIVIN had taken over from his Father, Jules BOIVIN (who himself had picked up after Nicolas VAUTRIN) after he his retirement.
The BOIVIN specialized in ‘Pieces de Formes’, or larger pieces, as well as Cutlery.
The Boivin’s received several prizes during the world Fairs in 1867 and again in 1889.
The workshop was located 5 rue de Montmorency in Paris.