Splendid oil and vinegar cruet in sterling silver decorated with vestals and heads of lions spitting water resting on four legged legs and winged lion heads.
Crystal bottles by BACCARAT.
- "Vieillard" 1st title (1819-1838).
- "Grosse garantie" Paris.
- Goldsmith : J.C. CHATENAY.
Very good conditions.
The goldsmiths of the Restoration period were often inspired by earlier times. Here is the case with Empire style, whose ornamental repertoire has been slightly modified in order to adopt elements of which will only be named much later "Restoration style".
The finesse of the carving and the delicacy of the drawings make it a very fine example of goldsmithery of the first half of the nineteenth century.
J.C. CHATENAY was a goldsmith in Paris at 60, rue Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois. He engraves his hallmark in 1817 and exhibited pieces at the famous Exposition des Produits de l'Industrie Française at the Louvre in 1819.
• Archives de la Garantie, Paris : pl. d'insculpé. n°20, Almanach Azur 1817 à 1822.
• L.C. SOYER, "Modèles d'orfèvrerie, choisis à l'Exposition des produits de l'industrie française au Louvre en 1819", Bance, Paris, 1822.