Head of Minerve 1 st titre for 950/1000 French Sterling Silver guarantee.
Extremely rare Pie/Pastry/Fish Server of truly exceptional quality, for the richness of Empire pattern. Handle decorated on a stippled backround with grape-vines, flowers and palmettes , embellished on one side by a swan, a cornucopia, laurel branches. The other side with Putti and flowers basket. No monogrammed.
This model was shown in the 1929 exhibition "Orfevrerie civile francaise de la Revolution à nos jours" at the Musee des Arts decoratifs in Paris. Museum quality..
Designed in 1802 by the architect Charles Percier who was the inventor and main representative of this version of the rich archaeological and conscientiously Neoclassicism: the Empire style. This model was made by the silversmith of Napoleon 1st, Martin-guillaume Biennais for the empress Josephine de Beauharnais in 1804. In an extreme refinement, appear the swan, Josephine’s emblem and the different empire attributs. Circa 1880 To complete this server, Don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail, other parts of the same model
Prestigious silversmith : Pierre François Queillé
Suffice it to say that the family Queillé ( silversmiths from father to son ) was active in the silversmithing from 1808 to 1930 to glimpse the importance of this manufactory !
Measures : 11" ( 28 cm )
Weight : 128 grams
Extremely rare, exceptional in both design and execution. The condition is very good to excellent. Micro-scratches from normal use. A master silversmith made a complete cleaning & polishing. Certainly one of the most extraordinary model ( if it isn't the most fabulous ! ) Of the French silversmithing of the 19th century.
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