A lovely Antique French Gold Plated Silver (or Vermeil) and Crystal butter dish by ‘Maitres Orfèvres’ Boin-Taburet.
The piece outlines the refinement the table attained in the mid to late 1800s.
The Crystal is beautifully worked into a slightly dipping plate and is wheel cut in a star formation on the sides and at the bottom. The edges of the dish are circled in 18 carat gold plated silver, delicately carved with laurel leaves.
The Crystal butter dish itself was attached to the plate while still in the cooling process. Hence is not removable from the plate.
The cover of the dish is in solid Antique French silver plated in 18 carat gold, and is elegantly carved with 2 garlands’ of laurel leaves. The Finial or ‘Fretel’ is also in gold plated silver and represents a delicately rendered blackberry.
This little beauty can be also be used to serve caviar, or even marmelade!
The silver weight given is that of the cover.
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title – Hence 1838 to 1919 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for ‘Maîtres Orfèvres’ BOIN-TABURET .
Boin-Taburet was created by the joining in 1880 of two ‘Maître Orfèvre’: Emile TABURET and his son in law, Georges BOIN who prior to this had already attained quite a fame as a Antique Dealer. The House of Boin Taburet acquired a large following and specialized in ‘Pieces De Table” or larger decorating pieces for the table.
They took part with much success in the 1889 ‘Exposition Universelle’ in Paris.