Set of four neo-renaissance style salt cellars with scrolls and arabesques joined together to form, on each side, a fleur-de-lis. The removable cups are supported by jays.
Solid silver, silver gilt cups, by the silversmiths FRAY FILS and TOURON.
• French Minerve 1er titre mark (950/1000).
• Silversmith "FRAY FILS [in full] a hammer with two planes, a third of a circle below"; "TOURON" [in full].
This rare model of silverware in the neo-renaissance style finds its inspiration as much in ancient Persian embroidery as in Renaissance stained glass and ironwork. In line with certain architectural achievements such as the Hôtel Gaillard by the architect Jules CHEVRIER, the shapes of these pieces of silver craftsmanship, inspired by the past, announce the arrival of Art Nouveau which would triumph in the 1900s.
Exceptional quality of carving.
Condition report: Perfect condition. Cleaning and restoration of vermeil by our goldsmith.
Parisian goldsmith based at 22 rue Pastourelle. He registered his mark on January 4, 1875. It was canceled on April 1, 1891.
“Mr. FRAY took over from his father-in-law, Maison HARLEUX and worked mainly for Parisian clients. He created large tableware, that is to say, dishes, vegetables, gravy boats, silver coins that constitute the great luxury of the table.
Then he wanted to make an effort and put next to pieces of his current manufacture, objects of a more refined art. He then addressed JOINDY, sculptor, who had already worked for CHRISTOFLE.
The great especially Louis XV [which he presents to us] is of an original invention, it is light in its vast proportions. From the same sculptor was created a large rockery tureen from which stood out the harshness of the art of carving.
What must be praised in this new work, therefore, is the art of the goldsmith and the skill of the worker who knew how to hammer the edges and parallel curves of a room with an hammer on an oval plane. as big. This is the character of beautiful and loyal manufacturing. "
BOUILLET HENRI, L'Orfèvrerie française from the 18th and 19th centuries, H. Laurens, Paris, 1912 (p. 284).
Active since 1824, TOURON is a provider of the King LOUIS-PHILIPPE.
In 1842, Edme PARISOT took over the management of the house. He was reminded of the bronze medal already awarded to his predecessor at the 1844 and 1849 Exhibitions.
Provider of the Emperor NAPOLEON III, he was one of the suppliers of the Cents Couverts service in 1852, intended for the Palais des Tuileries. He obtained a second class medal at the Exposition universelle de 1855 and a gold medal at the Exposition universelle de 1867.
• MUSÉE DU LOUVRE, PARIS, CHRISTOFLE and TOURON – "Soixante-douze couteaux à dessert à lame dorée ; soixante-neuf couteaux à dessert à lame d’acier" - silver, gilded silver, Paris, 1862-1879.
• MUSÉE DU LOUVRE, PARIS, TOURON-PARISOT – "Pelle à tarte" - silver metal, Paris, after 1861.
• MUSÉE DU LOUVRE, PARIS, TOURON-PARISOT – "Deux louches" - silver metal, Paris, 1855-1852.
• COMPIÈGNE, CHÂTEAU, TOURON-PARISOT, "Couteau", silver, Paris, 19th century.
• TSARSKOÏE SELO, CATHERINE PALACE - Naryshkin treasure - part: Ignaty SAZIKOV, Pavel OVCHINNIKOV, Ivan KHLEBNIKOV, the GRACHEV Brothers, Peter-Karl FABERGÉ, KEIBEL, VARYPAEV, Lucien FALIZE, AUCOC AÎNÉ, TOURON, QUEILLÉ, PARISOT, HARLEUX, JACQUART, CARDEILHAC, DEHANNE.
• BOUILLET Henri, "L'Orfèvrerie française du XVIIIe et XIXe siècles", H. Laurens, Paris, 1912 (p.284).
• DUCUIN François, "L'Exposition Universelle de Paris 1867", Paris, Bureaux d'Abonnements, 1867.