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Victor Boivin: Antique French Sterling Silver Vermeil Serving Spoon
This is a truly sumptuous serving spoon, it's specific purpose to serve ice cream. Master silversmith Victor Boivin crafted the exquisitely detailed rocailles decoration. The handle is gently fluted, with graceful scrolling borders. It terminates with finely chased rocaille cartouches, surrounding a foliate tendril and finely chased lattice on one side, surrounding an area for a monogram on the other. On the upper back portion of the handle abutting the spoon bowl there is an exceptionally crafted confection of rocailles and scroll work. The bowl of the spoon, chased with 22k gold, intricately decorated with floral and foliate elements, many layers and shapes of rocailles, more scrolling flourishes....and somehow with all these moving parts, the composition deeply satisfies the need for grace. The chasing throughout the bowl I've tried to somehow capture in some small way; please see the two photos showing the marks. There is no monogram on this serving piece. Condition is very good, some loss to the gilding that after all enhances the appeal in this case, don't you agree? A wonderful addition to a collection, and certain to delight your guests with or without ice cream. A charming gift.
Dimensions: 9" long, 2.75" at the widest, weight a hefty 78 grams.
Marks: The French .950 parts starling silver guarantee: Minerve 1st titre. Maker's punch for Victor Boivin, 83 rue de Temple (Ravinet d'Enfert succ.), sharp and clear, albeit hidden amidst the cluster of detail and chasing.
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