Stunning antique French vermeil 18k gold on sterling silver 4 1/8" diameter bowl PAIR, perfect as condiments or caviar serving pieces with ornate scalloped pattern magnificent visual appeal! We'll leave the uses up to the new owner but I'm sure they're infinite really, only limited by your imagination. Have a glass dish of caviar floating on chipped ice in each bowl perhaps. Bonbons or small candies, dinner mints? Heck, they would even make for the best bowl of oatmeal you and your spouse have ever woken up to. The last one of this pattern that we found sold for over $1k but it was in truly impeccable pristine condition. In any event, a steal for this pair! Each bears the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the tiny number "1" within the mark means it's in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). Richly gilded in what is most likely 18k gold as was the norm for the French and, as you can see, both are virtually dripping gold and in fine condition given their age with just some wear in raised spots to the vermeil and some tiny tarnish specks. Silversmith marks are for the world renowned House of PUIFORCAT (Emile Puiforcat, "EP"), now owned by Hermes, Paris and known throughout their history for only the finest of the fine, makers to royalty. One of several scrumptious antique French vermeil pieces and sets that we currently have available so, be sure to take a look at the others while you're with us. They make fabulous decorative accents in addition to elegant serving pieces!
Very good condition. As noted above, there is wear to the gold plating evident on the raised decoration (more on one than the other) and visible specks of dark silver tarnish in the pictures (sorry, we'll see about having them polished up before sending out). Although they are gold plated, the silver underneath does tarnish some when scuffed or in areas where the gold has worn. One bowl has a very subtle bend to the base but no other dents, damage or repairs to note. The two have a total weight of 9.13 troy ounces or 284 grams (one bowl is 136gm and the other 148gm). See pictures for all measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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