Elegant antique French sterling silver "timbale", tumbler or wine cup with beautiful Art Nouveau style raised or bas relief sinuous decoration and medallion with large interlaced “A.S." monogram! This one a piece found by our Ashley, her initials on the cup and we thought she'd keep it with her treasures but has opted to offer for sale in advance of our upcoming Europe trip. A beautiful piece and rare in the Art Nouveau style, don't those shapes at the top look like hearts? Lovely!
"Timbale" is the French term for the stemless metal goblet or tumbler used for wine, (in our case, sterling silver). The noun feminine for it is tasse, which is more like a typical cup with handle. Demi-tasse is a half or small cup. In their time, these were used for wine at the table. Some speculate this form of drinking goblet is that after which the English term for 'thimble' evolved, the form or shape being that of the thimble for sewing. The goblet predates the sewing thimble, however. A long history is France, these are much sought after and bring a surprising price as many collect this particularly French wine goblet. The earlier, the better. I've seen them fetch upward of $1000, and even the more common silversmiths from 19th century are in the $400 range and above.
A marvelous piece here in solid .950 sterling silver with the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark (the tiny number "1" within designates 95% pure silver, higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver), it weighs 104 grams. The silversmith mark is for Charles Barrier, Paris circa 1905-1923. One of several that we currently have available so be sure to browse some while you're with us. Thanks!
Good to very good condition. There is some dimpling around the base, as you can see in the images but it stands steady and there are no dents, etc. to the smooth sides. Some surface scuffing or scratches, indicative of age and light use. See pictures for all measurements.