Rare Antique Vermeil And Crystal Appetizer Serving Dish By Boin Taburet
Extremely rare to come by these objects became more common during the 1880/1890s.
Housing 2 to 8 crystal side dishes they were used to display the appetizers on the lounge table during ‘Apéritif’ time!
The French nicknamed it a ‘Serviteur’ or waiter.
What makes this piece very rare is the fact that it comes in Silver. Indeed these objects were mostly found in Plated Silver.
This elegant piece comes in Solid Antique French Silver overlaid with 18 carat gold, otherwise called ‘Vermeil’ in French, which is still intact.
The border of the dish is delicately worked with a geometric fringe. It circles a gorgeous crystal plater that lines the bottom part.
The plateau has delicate acanthus decorated handles.
The center of the plateau houses a higher hand cut crystal dish used to serve olives or butter.
The dish has a solid silver lid decorated with palmettos and topped by a berry finial.
The four retrievable crystal dishes are intact and show a scalloped border.
The gilt silver mount is in perfect state, no losses or dents.
The dish can also be used to serve caviar, using the round crystal service dish in the center with a bed of ice!
As with all of BOIN TABURET more unique pieces, our Appetizer serving dish is numbered – 30927
A truly gorgeous find!
The Hallmark is Minerva 1-1st title – 1838 -1911 – Paris
The Makers Mark shows both the Mark of BOIN TABURET, and the maker of H Frères & Cie (Henry Frères).
The mark is for ‘Maîtres Orfèvres’ Georges BOIN and Emile TABURET. After individual successful careers they joined forces and registered their joint mark 1873. They went on to win a gold medal for their beautiful pieces in 1889 during the Paris World Fair.
They worked at 3 Rue Pasquier near the Madeleine Area of Paris.
In 1900, Georges Boin went into partnership with the silversmith Henry, under the company name Boin et Henry orfèvres, hence the double marking on our pieces.. The firm was known as Henry Frères et Cie, 3 rue Pasquier, Paris.