A lovely pair of antique French sterling silver & crystal footed compotes, centerpieces or tazza. The crystal beautifully decorated in elegant styling, engraved with petite flowers, lily of the valley bells, tracery and acanthus. Bordered by a sterling silver rim patterned in an egg and dart motif. The center deeply cut with a 16-point sunburst. Resting on a sterling pedestal base elegantly patterned with minute beading bordered by egg and dart trim. Fully hallmarked on the rims and bases 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). Also bearing maker's marks for silversmith Paul Foucard, active from 1913 to 1919 at 48 rue Charlot in Paris. In overall good condition with general wear, no chips or cracks. Both have a small indention to the very bottom edge on the base, as shown. Measuring 8 3/4" diameter, 2 3/4" height.
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