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Froment Meurice An Important and Massive French 19th Century Tankard

Silver
Paris, circa 1870
Maker’s Mark of  Froment-Meurice
Height: 58,5 cm ; 23 in.
Weight: 6700 g ; 236,3 oz

On a circular foot, with embossed acanthus leaves on matted ground, the body with a cavalcade, the double-winding handle with a frieze of pearls and acanthus leaves, the finial shaped as Neptune sitting on his chariot pulled by a dolphin surrounded by tritons blowing into a shell.

 

Silversmith Biography

Paris 1883, p.63) Wonderful example of the Romantic craftsmanship by Froment–Meurice (1801-1855). This silversmith proves his ability in realising pieces inspired from the different styles of the past, such as the neo-gothic toilette set for the Duchess of Parma, or the unusual ‘Coupe des Vendanges’, in Renaissance style. Froment-Meurice was very well known, especially in the intellectual circles. Balzac calls him ‘mon Benvenuto’, Victor Hugo dedicated a poem to him in his ‘Contemplations’: ‘Ne dis pas: Mon art n’est rien, sors de la route tracée, Ouvrier magicien, Et mêle l’or à la pensée.’ He is a friend of Théophile Gautier, who describes him as a director of an orchestra of artists, sculptors, chisellers, gilders, enamellers and jewellers.

An Important and Massive French 19th Century Tankard Reference: 23682.3