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Absolutely exquisite antique French Cardeilhac hallmarked sterling silver & cut glass 11.5" 34oz claret jug, beautifully ornate with Louis XV or rococo style base, reticulated flowers & scrolls, sinuous handle, floral accented collar and that stunning intaglio etched or engraved glass or crystal body, most likely Baccarat! Sure seems like it's been a while since we had a great old French sterling silver claret jug so, here you go and, after adding two today, we will currently have four truly fabulous ones now available! Rocaille seashell shapes & scrolling tendrils encircling the silver base, the handle in the form of a sinuous scroll with acanthus accents! The body is thick glass or crystal with a beautifully ornate ensemble of wheel etched or engraved lattice panels, vines & foliage enveloped at the bottom in that stunning array of scrolls and flowers in pierced or reticulated sterling silver! An ornate flower accented lid with scrolled finial and the inside of it and the neck of the bottle are lined in 18k gold on silver "vermeil". All of the separate silver parts bear the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the tiny number "1" within those marks means they are in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). The silversmith marks are for Maison Ernest Cardeilhac, 24 Place Vendome, Paris circa 1851-1904. A gorgeous piece in superb condition, don't miss it! Also be sure to take a look at the other gorgeous claret jugs we have available, in addition to a host of fine antique French sterling silver coffee, chocolate & tea pots and elegant flatware sets. Thanks!
Maison Cardeilhac was founded by Antoine-Vital Cardeilhac in 1804. He traded at 14 and then 4 Rue du Roule, Paris and specialized in silver cutlery and table ware.
During the 19th century the firm was handed down from father to son, Armand-Edouard, and continued to produce, with great success, pieces which were largely inspired by wrought iron originals with a rich and finely executed ornamentation. Their work is particularly known for their chasing. .
Maison Cardeilhac exhibited at national and international exhibitions and received many awards, beginning with the Bronze Medal in 1823 and Silver Medals in 1827, 1834 and again at the Parisian Universal Exhibition in 1867. They were ultimately honored with a Gold Medal at the 1878 Universal Exhibition which gave them international renown.
Grandson Ernest introduced gold and silversmithing to the firm. He interned at Harleux and won a silver medal at the 1889 Exposition Universelle. Ernest Cardeilhac was the president of the jury for the cutlery section at the Exposition Universelle Internationale of 1900, and examples of the work of Cardeilhac were displayed at the Musee D'Orsay. The firm also exhibited gold and silver pieces done in collaboration with Lucien Bonvallet at the 1900 exposition.
Very good-excellent condition. Some signs of tarnish visible in the images, sorry :). I see no damage or repairs to note. There is a hint of wear to the vermeil lined interior lid and neck. No chips to the glass and there are no cracks. As near pristine as they come! See pictures for all measurements.
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Exquisite Antique French Cardeilhac Sterling Silver & Intaglio Glass 34oz Claret Jug, Highly Ornate Louis XV Style
$2,395 USD SOLD
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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