Emile Froment-Meurice was the son of celebrated parisian master smith Francois-Desire Froment-Meurice. He took over the family business upon the death of his father in 1858. Like his father, he was the official supplier to the city of paris, and he also supplied Napoleon III (Duke of Aumale). This splendid salt cellar service comes in the original fitted box, with the Rue de fauborg address on the inside. The .950 sterling silver liners are decorated in Neo-Renaissance style with exquisite mascarons, pierced sides, sculpted bell-flowers and more. The cobalt glass inserts are in near perfect condition. And the 6 vermeil shovels have fork-like tips. The 18k gold plating covers .950 sterling silver bodies. There is some loss to the vermeil on the handles. The box is in excellent condition. This is a rare offering of exceptional beauty coupled with fine historical meaning.
Dimensions: The box is 8.5" wide, 6" front to back & 2.25" high. The Salt Cellars are: 2.75" long, 1.75" wide, 1.25" high & the weight is 27 grams. The cobalt inserts are: 2 1/8" long, 1.5" wide & 0.75" high. The shovels are: 2.75" long
Marks: The silver liners are marked with the Minerve 1st titre; .950 sterling guarantee; te maker's punch for Froment-Meurice and the words froment-Meurice are engraved on the upper right hand side. The shovels also punched with the Minerve 1st titre. No maker's punch. The box marked inside with the name Froment=Meurice, and the address 372 Rue St Honore.
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