Superb pair of saltcellars or salerons in sterling silver decorated with Eros riding dogs.
The ornamental repertoire of this pair receiving a finely chiselled decoration is composed, on the bodies of salerons surmounted by an openwork frieze crowned with a frieze of water leaves, of Eros carrying quiver slung over the shoulder, riding the hunting dogs held firmly with one hand by the collar, the other hand carrying a flaming torch. The hold is composed of two dog heads covered with necklaces, ending in leafy scrolls, surmounting a capital column decorated with a drape at the top and a frieze of water leaves at the base, resting on an architectural base molding. The column is surrounded by two putti holding a drapery binding them.
The frames receive verrines cut crystal.
"Vieilliard" 1st title (1819-1838)
"Grosse garantie" of Paris.
Hallmark of goldsmith.
Very good conditions.
As is frequently the case with the goldsmith's work of the Restoration period, we are dealing with a model inspired by the Empire period, whose ornamental repertoire is taken over and slightly modified.
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 19th century.
Concerning the symbolism of the ornamental repertoire of this goldsmith's piece, it should be noted that the dog's fidelity to man has made this animal a traditional symbol of fidelity and vigilance. He is often depicted in wedding paintings or portraits to symbolize conjugal fidelity, such as Jan Van Eyck's (1434, London, National Gallery) portrait of the married Arnolfini, the "Portrait conjugal of Niccolo Bonghi and his wife "by Lorenzo Lotto (1520, St. Petersburg, Hermitage Museum), or" The Happy Union "by Veronese (1564, London, National Gallery).
Eros, symbol of love, straddling the dog, symbol of fidelity, held by the necklace, symbol of commitment, takes on the symbolism of love guided by faith-faith commitment. In the Marriage of Cana of Veronese, the two dogs represented under the table of Christ united on the same leash are thus interpreted as an allegory of marriage and fidelity.
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