Maison Boulenger-Hautin (1810-1938).
Pair of saltcellars.
Silver dragon on a vermeil shell supporting an agate cup.
Goldsmith's hallmark and boar hallmark on the body of the dragon and on the shell.
This pair of saltcellars is a creation of one of the most important Parisian silversmith's firms which existed for more than a century. Founded in 1810 under the name of its founder, certainly Mr. Hippolyte Hautin (1780-1859), it takes the name of Boulenger-Hautin at the time of the association of the Hautin family with the Boulenger family by the marriage of the daughter of the founder Alexandrine Hautin (1814-1900) and Louis Boulenger (1773-1850, earthenware manufacturer in Douai). It was then taken over by the son of the latter, Adolphe Boulenger (1804/1805-1873), in 1864. It then became a huge company dedicated to tableware.
This pair of saltcellars was created during the first period of the company, much less industrial and more precious than after its development during the industrial revolution. It was made between 1838, the beginning of the use of the boar's head hallmark to guarantee the silver, and 1864, the date when Adolphe Boulenger took over the company and changed its name. Each silver shell has a fine chased decoration and supports a silver dragon adorned with gold that holds the agate cup with its tail.