28 October 2003
A pair of French silver and malachite bonbon stands
The silver by Christofle, Paris, Circa 1870, The malachite added later
Each foliate-cast standard with fruiting finial, supporting two circular malachite dishes, on triple dolphin supports centred by a baluster base cast with a Spanish coat-of-arms and nautical trophies, marked on base and stem, the base also engraved CHRISTOFLE & CIE
21 in. (53.3 cm.) high; 111.6 oz. combined weight without malachite (2)
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See lot 67 for a note on the firm of Christofle & Cie.
The coat-of-arms on the pair of stands is that of the Almela or Almelda family from the Murcia region of Spain.
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