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    Sale 1896

    Important Silver And Objects Of Vertu

    26 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 77

    A PAIR OF FRENCH SILVER CAKE BASKETS

    MARK OF MAISON ODIOT, OVERSTRUCK BY AUCOC, PARIS, CIRCA 1835, DESIGNED BY CHARLES-NICHOLAS ODIOT

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF FRENCH SILVER CAKE BASKETS
    MARK OF MAISON ODIOT, OVERSTRUCK BY AUCOC, PARIS, CIRCA 1835, DESIGNED BY CHARLES-NICHOLAS ODIOT
    Each shaped oval, on fluted pedestal foot, body with eight panels, each with chased foliage and fruit, with swing handle, in original fitted chamois-lined case, marked on rim, under base; the side of foot stamped ODIOT A PARIS overstruck with AUCOC
    13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm.) long; 72 oz. (2245 gr.) (2)


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    Charles-Nicholas Odiot became head of his father's firm in 1827. The present baskets, in English taste, reflect Charles-Nicholas's training in the Garrard workshops in London from 1821 to 1823.

    An basket of identical form and similar chasing in is the collection of Maison Odiot, illustrated in Jean-Marie Pinçon and Olivier Gaube du Gers, Odiot l'Orfèvre, 1990, p. 157, fig. 248.

    Provenance

    Dr. Ernest Granville Crabtree (1883-1947) was a graduate of Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Urological Department at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, and President-elect of the American Urological Association at the time of his death. Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Arctic explorer and Chief of Naval Operations for the U.S. Navy during World War II, wrote of Dr. Crabtree: "In my long and active career I have never met a man I admired more than I did Granville Crabtree . . . Crabtree's was one of the finest and most beautiful characters that one could think of in life or literature" (Letter to Mrs. Granville Crabtree, June 5, 1947).


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A DESCENDANT OF DR. ERNEST GRANVILLE CRABTREE