Pair of 19th century French silver écuelle by Delaire

GBP 6,500.00

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Pair of 19th century French silver écuelle by Delaire
French, c. 1890
Height 13cm, width 31cm, depth 18cm

This superb pair of écuelles is crafted in the playful Rococo style popular in 18th century France. The Parisian silversmith Emile Delaire (active 1882-1920) is responsible for their high-quality finish. An écuelle is a type of a two-handled bowl with a cover, usually used for soups. Its history dates to 18th century France when such pieces were used by new mothers or those sick in their private bedrooms rather than in a more public dining room.

Each one features a bulbous form with a pair of stylised handles. The pieces are decorated throughout with nature-inspired motifs featuring flowers as well as rocaille-type designs. The lid is stamped with similar patterns creating a cohesive design. Three pinecones with foliage top each of the lids. One can observe a plain cartouche on the lid, a place for a personalised engraving.

The pieces are stamped with the maker’s mark, a testament to their long history. Together the écuelles weigh approximately 1,764 grammes.

Of an elegant and interesting design, these écuelles would make a magnificent addition to one’s dinner party.

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