Boin-Taburet: Antique French Sterling Silver Vermeil Perfume Caddy w Case
A rare find: A complete antique sterling silver vermeil perfume caddy. Included are 3 original crystal bottles WITH their stoppers, a .950 sterling silver vermeil case, AND the leather case that protects the vermeil case. The set is in terrific condition, beautifully preserved! Not a significant flaw to be found; a mere nibble at a stopper here and there, minor, very minor. And the perfume caddy was decidedly used, as there are traces of perfume residue in the bottles.
Decoration: The gold lavished .950 sterling silver is machined (guilloche) with a classic simple textured ground; a field of raised diamonds reflective of light in a way similar to diamond cut stone. There are borders accenting the ground on the borders of the cylindrical body; at top, center and bottom. The borders vary; at center is a foliate border above a sleek solid band, then the other side, the top of the canister, has a raised circular beaded border. Both bottom and top are banded on both sides of an edging of graceful geometric design. The top of the canister has circular bands, an ornate edge on the outermost edge, and featuring a stunning central floral cartouche. The leather covered outer case is in quite reasonable condition; some minor scuffing. The leather is deep green with gilt edging and a deep pink suede liner. The leather case is quite appealing, a lovely setting for the gold case. No monograms. The maker, mastersmith Boin-Taburet, easily among the more important in French history. Founded in 1873, George Boin and Emile Taburet rose to prominence quickly. The acquisition of an exhibition medal seems to be one of the litmus tests for gaging the talents of silversmiths in France and Europe; and lo, Boin-Taburet indeed won a gold, the highest award, in 1889. Today, you will find the Boin-Taburet name in premier auction houses throughout the world. And here, we offer you this lovely perfume. It is classic, elegant, in superb condition and boasts the best pedigrees. It's completeness makes the scent caddy very special indeed.
Dimensions: The sterling silver vermeil case is 3" tall, 1.25" in diameter and weighs a respectable 90 grams. The leather case is just a very little larger than the sterling case; the fit is perfect. That is, the silver case easily slides in and out of the leather case; the fit is not tight (which of course would result in loss to the gilt, and there is no loss to the gilt). And there is no wiggle room at all.The perfume bottles are 2 5/8" tall, they are triangular in form, with 1" the widest edge.
Marks: The vermeil case marked on the bottom the maker's punch, along with the engraved "bointaburet", and some numerals. Both upper and lower pieces bear the Minerve 1st titre; .950 French sterling guarantee since 1839. The French do not include date marks. This piece likely turn of the century; circa 1900.