Boin-Taburet: Spectacular Antique French Sterling Silver Cream Jug Mascarons!
This is a sublime cream pitcher from renowned French Mastersmith Boin-Taburet. Crafted in the finest .950 sterling silver, the jug is heavy, baluster shaped, and decorated in Empire style. The bottom half of the creamer is finely engraved and chased with an elaborate yet understated design incorporating acanthus leafs, bell flowers, strapping, all on a textured ground. The handle attached with magnificent foliate accents, an acanthus leaf thumb guard that is large and perfectly chased. The most alluring feature is of course the prominent orientaliste mascaron. A warrior or a genie? An extraordinary visage regardless. The interior is gold plated. Condition is excellent. Included in the photos is a picture of this pattern from the Boin-Taburet 1893 catalog. This assists with dating the piece to the end of the 1900's.
Marks: Both the Boin-Taburet maker's punch and name inscribed on this piece. It of course bears the .950 silver guarantee: the Minerve 1st titre.
Dimensions: 5.25" tall, 5.25" long and 3.5" diameter. Weight is 356 grams.