A fine Art Nouveau French sterling silver 4 piece hors d'oeuvres service, housed in a presentation box. The service comprises of a flat server, a saucisson fork, and a spoon, and a reticulated spoon, likely for serving olives or gherkin. The flat server and spoon having finely engraved berries or fruit amongst scrolling foliate. The filled silver handles are exquisitely decorated with Art Nouveau sinuous vines tipped by leaves and flowers. In addition to the floral elements, the reverse features a figural grotesque mascaron of Pan or a satyr surmounted by an asymmetrical cartouche bearing an engraved monogram of interlaced initials ER. Hallmarked on servers and handles with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, which depicts the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of 950/1000 (of 95% pure silver and a higher finesse than .925 sterling).Bearing maker's marks for Parisian silversmith Eugene Roussel-Doutre, who was the son successor to firm's founder. This particular mark was used from 1911 - 1913 at 118 rue vieille-du-temple in Paris. In very good antique condition, the presentation box shows wear from use and age. Please see photos for measurements. Total silver weight at 118.4g
The silversmith manufacturing firm was founded in 1849 by Eugene Roussel-Doutre (senior), producing small silverware upon commission and changing locations with a workshop first established at 6 rue Saint-Avoye, then at 4 and finally at 10 rue de Braque in Paris. His son and successor also opened shop in 1864, under his father's maker's mark before succeeding him in 1911 with his own maker's mark and moving locations to 118 rue Vieille-du-Temple. Over the years, the Roussel-Doutre firm used of a number of different but similar marks, keeping the domino as their symbol. Significantly, the Doutre-Roussels were active in the manufacture of both small and large silverware from 1848 to 1969!