Large "helmet" shaped sauce boat in 950/1000e solid silver. It rests on an oval-shaped pedestal punctuated by a chiseled ring with a frieze of water leaves. It has a magnificent and rare plant grip in the form of a double winding stem, resting on the shoulder of the sauce boat with two flower buds.
It is adorned in the central part with coats of arms: "d'argent au lion de gueule couronné du même", on a rocaille cartouche under a count's crown, framed by intertwined branches of laurels and palm. Similar coat of arms were used by the family de GOÜYON-MATIGNON or by the first counts of LIMBOURG.
• "Vieille femme 1 titre" (French mark for solid silver 950/1000e in Province, between 1819 and 1838).
• Mark of master goldsmith partially stamped.
Weight: 433 g.
Very good condition, no accidents to report.
Surprisingly, if this sauce boat takes up the traditional forms of the Empire and even the Consulate by its great ornamental sobriety and the purity of its lines, its vegetable grip with winding, of a great modernity, already prefigures the forms and the taste Art Nouveau.