Lovely Antique French Silver and Cobalt Crystal Sugar Casket by ‘Maitres Orfèvres’ Édouard DEBAIN & Louis Frédéric FLAMANT.
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 medallion stamped with a J & L Monogram, surrounded by water reeds and floral arabesques.
The details on the leaves are magnificent and the photos you will see barely make it justice!
The remainder of the casket is decorated with beautiful acanthus leaves and floral scrolls, while the piece rests on four little feet carved out of the same acanthus design.
We see the same acanthus leaves on the two handles that delicately spread out on each side.
The lid is decorated with ‘Guilloche’ acanthus leaves and oval pearl shapes and is topped by a little flower knob shaped like a ‘cassolette’ (or covered dish) .
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 crystal interior is original to the piece and in perfect condition.
This lovely piece is in superb condition. No chips or dents, no losses to the silver, just absolutely beautiful.
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title (950/1000)- Hence 1838 to 1919 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for Édouard DEBAIN & Louis Frédéric FLAMANT.
Their Mark shows the two names in a lozenge form and was register on May 30th 1864.
The names are separated by a rowboat with 2 men riding inside.
It was cancelled in November 1874. They were succeeded by FLAMANT & Fils.
They were located 140 Rue Du Temple in what is today known as the Marais part of Paris.