• 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 88

    A PAIR OF FRENCH SILVER-GILT DOUBLE SALT CELLARS

    ENGRAVED PAUL CHRISTOFLE ET HENRI BOUILHET ORF, PARIS, CIRCA 1865; ONE MARK OF CHARLES CHRISTOFLE

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    A PAIR OF FRENCH SILVER-GILT DOUBLE SALT CELLARS
    ENGRAVED PAUL CHRISTOFLE ET HENRI BOUILHET ORF, PARIS, CIRCA 1865; ONE MARK OF CHARLES CHRISTOFLE
    Oval, the sides cast and chased with foliage and dolphins, the handle formed as an infant bacchanal between seated putti, above albatross or cockatoo, marked on bases
    5¾ in. (14.6 cm.) long; 44 oz. 10 dwt. (1,392 gr.) (2)


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    According to John Culme, this pair of unusual salt-cellars was designed by Jules Klagman and may well have been exhibited in the 1867 Paris International Exhibition.

    Another pair of double salt cellars, similarly featuring seated putti and albatross or cockatoo, were also exhibited at the 1867 Paris Exposition, and are illustrated in Henri Bouilhet, 150 Ans D'Orfèvrerie Christofle silversmith since 1830, 1981, p. 111.

    Provenance

    Christie's, Geneva, 19 May 1997, lot 40


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE INVENTORY OF MARKS ANTIQUES


    Literature

    Henri Bouilhet, L'Orfevrèie Français aux XVIII et XIX Siècle, 1910, ill. p. 186