• Important Silver and Objects o auction at Christies

    Sale 2209

    Important Silver and Objects of Vertu Including the Inventory of Marks Antiques of London

    22 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 77

    A FINE AND RARE FRENCH SILVER EWER IN THE ISLAMIC TASTE

    MARK OF BOUCHERON, PARIS, CIRCA 1880

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    A FINE AND RARE FRENCH SILVER EWER IN THE ISLAMIC TASTE
    MARK OF BOUCHERON, PARIS, CIRCA 1880
    Baluster form, and double walled, the raised circular foot pierced with formal foliate motifs, the body pierced and engraved with stylized floral and foliate scrolls, banded shaped scroll handle and spiral cone-form stopper, with synthetic insulators, marked on base, the underside engraved: Fic. Boucheron/Paris, stamped 37
    14½ in (36.8 cm) high; 61 oz. (1,911gr.) gross weight


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    This unusual vessel is after a design furnished by Paul Legrand for Boucheron, and similar to one sold by the firm in 1880 to the Grand Duke Vladimir of Russia. The form was employed in France as early as 1845 by Jules Peyre, sometime director of design at the Sèvres porcelain manufactory, in his book of lithographic plates, Orfèvrerie bijouterie. See David Allan, Orfèvrerie Française orientaliste du 19eme siècle, 2003 for a ewer and two tea services by Boucheron, circa 1880, with similar pierced foliate motifs, pp. 21-22, 36.