Oblong, the base partially ajouré, the body repoussé with
rococo motifs centred on each side with a vacant cartouche,
the handles shaped as child triton
Length: 67 cm
Height: 24 cm
Width: 35,5 cm
Weight: 5160 gr
Hallmarks: Minerve, 1st silver alloy
Period: 2nd half of the 19th century
Maker’s stamp: FROMENT-MEURICE
Origin: France, Paris
This centrepiece resembled several of Froment- Meurice’s pieces: the duc de Luynes’ service made between 1846 and 1855 by Emile’s father on a design by Feuchère and executed by Doussamy and D’Honoré and the service of the duc of Medina Celi completed in 1860. Also Napoléon III’s surtout made in 1867 on a design by Emile François Carlier (1827-1879) is decorated with similar elements notably the putti praised for their ‘vitality’ by the jury at the 1867 exhibition.
Emile François Carlier was Froment-Meurice’s closest associate. He joined his workshop probably on the recommendation of his master, Jean-Jacques Feuchère (1807-1852), who had also collaborated with François- Désiré Froment-Meurice just like another of his student, Jean-Baptiste-Jules Klagmann (1810-1867). His training certainly taught him the principles of Neoclassicism as well as Romanticism but especially the importance of preserving and protecting French taste against the invasion of foreign influences. Feuchère, aware of these changes, was involved in an educational project setting up an industrial art school with the objective to pass on knowledges via lectures, tutorials, exhibitions and competitions. Sadly this project failed but instead each guild (chambres syndicales) opened its own apprentice school, and the goldsmith and jewellers’s one was headed by Emile Carlier and Félix Fossey, a painter and decorator. This model borrows from the traditions of French decorative arts based on those of France’s most respected ornamentists like Meissonnier, made available by recent publications such as Matériaux et Documents d’Art Décoratif edited by Armand Guérinet. It is this decorative heritage that made the success and reputation of French silver that Carlier intended to preserve.
THE CENTREPIECE: FUNCTION AND SOCIAL STATUS
Froment-Meurice succeed here in combining typically 18th century motifs symptomatic of French Rococo on a 19th century shape. The centrepiece is indeed the descendant of the 18th century surtout which would stand on the table surrounded by soup tureens, sauceboats and dishes. Its multiple functionality as well as the complexity of its design made it a symbol of its owner’s wealth and social status as diplomacy as well as business transactions were by tradition carried out around the dining table. The centrepiece thus remains a symbol of power now available to all.
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