Inspired by the vase de Medicis, and brought to fruition by revered master smith D. Garreau (Paris 1817-1823), a SUPERB covered sterling silver confiturier or sugar. The body is decorated with large palmettos between sumptuous borders. The upper border has a gadrooned ledge atop a pierced silver section; the lower a stiff leaf ledge atop another pierced silver section 'neath which a charming series of thick silver wire loops. The handles festooned with acanthus leafs, pearls and perched kissing birds! The stem flares to a circular bottom edged with a stiff leaf border, resting upon a heavy square base with four spherical feet. The sleek cover, with finely gadrooned edge, boasts a fine berry finial surrounded by charming leafs on stems. The cobalt glass liner adds a color backdrop to further emphasize the exquisite silver work. Withal, a fine and rare confection nearing 200 years of fine aging.
Condition is very good. There is a small chip on the edge of the cobalt liner. Also, there are a few small hairline depressions on the cover. This is doubtless due to careless efforts to remove the cover, which fits so perfectly, that the result of a hasty lift is a bump against a handle. Dimensions: the overall height is 10" tall. The body is 8.75" tall, 7 3/8" wide and 4.75" diameter at the widest. The base is 5" from foot to foot diagonally. Weight is 375 grams. The cobalt liner is 4.75" long, 4.25" diameter a the widest. The lid is 2.75" tall, 4.5" diameter and weighs 120 grams. That is combined .950 silver weight of 495 grams! Marks: all silver parts marked with the Vieillard 1st titre (the French .950 sterling guarantee used between 1819-1838), the maker's punch for D. Garreau. In addition we find the Paris city mark and the silversmith's association mark.