Sun, May 1, 2016 11:00AM EDT - Mon, May 2, 2016 11:00AM EDT
French, mid 19th century. A first standard .950 silver mounted glass claret ewer or pitcher with scalloped silver domical foot surmounted by pear shaped glass with conforming decoration, and a silver collar with coordinating scallops over a shaped lower edge bearing fanned shell forms to two sides, an everted spout to one side opposed by a serpentine acanthus leaf adorned handle, with hinged lid having domed top issuing ball finial. Each of the four pieces of mounted silver bearing the .950 Minerva mark employed beginning in 1839, the foot also with two obscured marks with one possibly for Antoine Cosson-Corby (French (Paris), 1851-79). Approximate height 10.75".
Overall with scattered surface scratches to silver and glass elements, commensurate with age and shelf use. Underside of handle with circular hole spanning approximately 2 mm, possibly original. Hinge to lid slightly loose. Extremely minor pitting to silver base element. Piece would benefit from light professional cleaning.