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    Sale 2039

    Important Silver and Objects of Vertu

    23 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 98

    A PAIR OF FRENCH SILVER-GILT JARDINIERES

    MARK OF BOIN-TABURET, PARIS, CIRCA 1890

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    A PAIR OF FRENCH SILVER-GILT JARDINIERES
    MARK OF BOIN-TABURET, PARIS, CIRCA 1890
    Each shaped baluster, on shaped circular foot with ovolo border, the lower body divided into fluted panels, applied with two vacant cartouches within crossed fronds and mantling, the herm and term-form handles supporting addorsed dolphins, the upper body with trellis panels and strawberry leaves, the border reeded, with acanthus leaves at intervals, each with fitted silver-gilt plated liner, each marked on base
    11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm.) high; 432 oz. (13445 gr.) weighable silver (2)


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    This pair of jardinières is based on a design for wine coolers by Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier. Though extant models are unknown, Meissonnier's engraving, dated 1723, lists the name of the patron for whom they were designed, Mr. le Duc (formally Louis-Henri de Bourbon, Prince of Condé, 1692-1740). The engraving, a source of inspiration for manufacturers through the nineteenth century, is now in the collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris, and is illustrated in Peter Fuhring, Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier, Un Génie du Rococo, 1695-1750, 1999, vol. II, illus. p. 167, fig. G61 and p. 343, fig. 61.

    Boin-Taburet, maker of the present examples, exhibited this model in the Paris Exposition of 1889 (Peter Fuhring, Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier, Un Génie du Rococo, 1695-1750, 1999, vol. II, illus. p. 344, fig. 61b). Another pair by Boin-Taburet, sold Sotheby's, Monaco, 3 December 1988, lot 1037.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim