Charming and unusual set of 12 teaspoons from the early 1800's. Beautifully preserved, this pristine set decorated with a standing cherub hold a sea monster. Alternatively we might designate the sea monster as a large odd looking fish that looks quite unhappy at it's current plight. These figures on a textured ground also decorated with cattails and unusual symbols. Marks indicate that the material is .950 sterling silver; and it is plated in gold. The maker's mark appears to be that of J. B. Bellavoine, active in Paris from 1818-1824. In addition to the beauty and excellent condition of this spoon set, the chief attraction is the very unique decorations. I am inclined to call it a fantasy or dream-like set of images; but the style clearly Renaissance. A period box is included to preserve the spoons.
Dimensions: Spoons are 5.5" long, 1" at the widest and weigh 15 grams each (roughly).
Marks: Vieillard 1st titre, .950 sterling standard in use from 1819-1838; the Paris City Mark for .950 sterling items of medium size, and the maker's punch.
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