An Absolutely Stunning Antique French Silver Sugar Casket by Maitre Orfèvre Emile PUIFORCAT.
The Casket is presented in the refined louis XVI style with a baluster shaped solid silver body standing on a square pedestal.
The lower part of the pedestal itself is decorated with a pearl and egg molded design, while the upper part showcases a beautifully worked laurel leaf wreath.
The main body of the Casket has a beautifully detailed laurel garland running the length of it.
The most gorgeous feature of this Sugar Casket are the two Ram’s heads decorating each side which hold in their mouth a laurel wreath.
The detail on the Ram’s heads is just incredible, the fineness of the work exquisite by all means…
The edge of the lid is decorated with a laurel leaf wreath while the Finial is in a blueberry form resting on a crown of grape leaves and grapes.
The size of the bowl makes it ideal to either be used as a sugar bowl or even to showcase flowers on a dinner table.
The interior is coated in 18 carat gold.
It is in superb condition. No chips or dents, no losses to the silver décor!
An absolutely beautiful piece!
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title (950/1000) – Hence 1838 to 1919– Paris
The Makers Mark is for Emile PUIFORCAT, and was registered in 1857; it features an E and a P separated by a standing feather.
The mark is still so famous it does deserve a bit more explanations:
Emile PUIFORCAT inherited the business from his uncle Jean Baptiste FUCHS who specialized in flatware in the early 1800s. Emile Puiforcat moved from the offices of his uncle right next door at number 18, then 16 of Rue Chapon. While he died in 1883, his mark was kept by his successor as well as his grandson Jean, who passed away in 1945.
Until the 1880 the House of Puiforcat remained in the flatware business, but expended into the larger pieces to include presentations plates and platters.
Though very praised for its craftsmanship PUIFORCAT never participated in the Fairs that did so much for the Silver business in the 1800. The house continued on through the years and was finally bought by Hermes in 1993.