Europe, France, 1796 and 1797 CE. A handsome pair of Louis XVI style nearly pure silver (95% to 96%) wine tasters of circular forms with ring-like serpent handles. One is stamped "Davier Pommard 1796" with hallmarks just below the rim. The other is stamped "Billet Beaune 1797" with hallmarks just below the rim. The Davier Pommard wine taster presents impressed grape clusters and vine motifs, while the Billet Beaune wine taster presents impressed grape clusters, orbs, and a gadrooned motif. A lovely pair of antique 18th century silver wine tasters - perfect for any oenophile! Size: larger (only slightly larger) wine taster measures 2.75" in diameter (7 cm) with handle .875" in diameter (2.2 cm); weight of both - 121.6 grams; silver quality: 95% to 96%.
Louis XVI style dominated French decorative arts, architecture, and furniture in France during Louis XVI's 19-year reign (1774-1793) prior to the French Revolution. This style bridged the final phase of the French Baroque style and the dawn of French Neoclassicism. Its relatively spare ornamentation was a response to the rather excessive ornamentation of the Baroque/Rococo period. The remarkable Classical Roman paintings, architecture, and sculpture discovered at Herculaneum and Pompeii as well as the philosophy of Rousseau inspired this aesthetic.
SJ Phillips Ltd is currently listing a single 18th c. wine taster for 2,600 GBP ($3355) - http://www.sjphillips.com/18th-century-French-silver-wine-taster-possibly-Avallon-Dijon-1780-DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=6&tabindex=5&objectid=448792&categoryid=2124
Provenance: ex-Alan Rofe collection, France, acquired in 1973; ex-private Mrs. Stimpson collection, willed to current owner in 2007
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