ANTIQUE 18th C FRENCH SILVER PLATED BRASS WINE TASTER TASTEVIN PORRINGER BOWL. Is an extremely rare and guaranteed authentic 18th century French Provincial Silverplated Brass Wine Taster or Tastevin, clearly hallmarked Vve. With a unidentified French hallmark, the quality of the workmanship is remarkably beautiful.
Early classic design of waves and bubbles together with a superb handle make it practical and elegant. Very good condition considering it's age and it's use, comes from an important fresh Athens local estate and it has not been cleaned polished or restored. Absolutely a great addition in any early wine taster collection. (the widow D), FRANCE, UNIDENTIFIED.
Hallmarks of Silversmiths' Widows in the Kingdom of France in 18th Century. In the Kingdom of France, no region excluded, no woman in the 18th century could be appointed a master Silversmith.
However, many wives of master Silversmiths were themselves daughters of Silversmiths and participated in the day-to-day management of the workshop alongside their husbands. If they rarely practiced the trade, at the least they were cognizant of the techniques the accounts, and/or the relationships with the clientele. The premature death of the husband was a dramatic event for his widow who was likely to lose any immediate source of income. The punches of the deceased husband had to be destroyed. A widow who received permission to continue the trade of Silversmith was obliged to adopt a new punch.
Vve + Initial of the deceased husband. The V means Veuve de... Followed by the initial of the dead master (the first letter of his surname) Square cartouche mark represents a Girl's head in profile with a cap, the look facing left. "18TH C FRENCH PROVINCIAL WINE TASTER".0.944 inches or 2.4 cm Tall (top of the bowl) stands approx... 1.378 inches or 3.5 cm Tall (top of the handle). 3.267 inches or 8.3 cm Diameter taster has approx... 4.370 inches or 11.1 cm Width (accross the handle). 76.9 gr or 2.715 oz Unpacked. Wine taster shows wear commensurate with age and use, has scratches, contact marks, and silver plating loss, tastevin is without dents, cracks, breaks, it has not been cleaned polished or restored. We have plenty of close-up day-light photos to look carefully and if you. / Australia & Other countries out of Europe: FREE.
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The item "ANTIQUE 18th C FRENCH SILVER PLATED BRASS WINE TASTER TASTEVIN PORRINGER BOWL" is in sale since Friday, December 29, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Primitives". The seller is "golden-place-sales" and is located in Athens.This item can be shipped worldwide.