• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 204

    A FRENCH SILVER-GILT INKSTAND

    MARK OF FROMENT-MEURICE, PARIS, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH SILVER-GILT INKSTAND
    MARK OF FROMENT-MEURICE, PARIS, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    The shaped base on four palmette-capped paw feet, with foliage border, with central oblong cut-glass with silver-gilt mounts and supporting the detachable inkstand with three bottles, all flanked by two column-form candlesticks with swan supports, marked on foot and on cover bezel, the foot further stamped 'Froment-Maurice'
    15 in. (38 cm.) wide


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    The renowned nineteenth-century firm of jewellers and silversmiths Froment-Meurice, was founded by François Dsir Froment-Meurice (1802-1855) and continued by his son Emile (1837-1913). In 1867, an English jeweler described Mons. Froment-Meurice's establishment as "one of the first houses in Paris" adding that its silver "was in the very best style . . . beautiful in the design, and nicely executed." (J. Culme, Nineteenth Century Silver, 1977, p. 44, and V. Brett, The Sotheby's Directory of Silver, 1986, p. 382).

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    Provenance

    The John Reid Collection; Christie's, London, 17-18 December 1998, lot 502.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 16 April 1999, lot 146.