This beautiful oil on paper (preparatory work), represents a silver-covered cup: Froment-Meurice silverware. The black background highlights the colour of the silver and underlines its contours. The fretel or socket represents a child’s bust. Two winged dragons sticking out their tongues form the handles. A naked nymph supports the cup, itself held by a bearded man, possibly a faun. A bunch of foliage conceals the man’s legs. The circular base rests on round feet that rise in concentric circles from the narrowest to the widest. At the bottom right, a discreet acronym that could be “ch”. This silver-covered cup is meticulously represented.
Good general condition, slight wear on the upper right corner.
This project (preparatory work) of the Froment Meurice silverware is a precious testimony to the quality of French silverware of the 19th century. The Froment – Meurice house established in Paris is one of the jewels of French excellence. Specialized in the creation of ceremonial goldsmith’s pieces. Froment – Meurice has established itself through the finesse of its centrepieces, cups, chests and so many other pieces of great refinement. Its consecration took place at the time of its participation in the Universal Exhibition in London in 1851. This oil on paper, whose varnish has slightly yellowed in places, reveals the great mastery of the Parisian silversmith.
The exuberance of the forms, the attention to detail and his remarkable technical mastery are very much sought after today by lovers of the decorative arts of the 19th century. This representation on paper of the silver-covered bowl of the Parisian Silversmith Froment-Meurice is an important testimony of the quality of the French craftsmen of art at that time. Also, this oil on paper, presented here, will find its place on the walls of a library, as well as on those of a dining room or a living room.
In conclusion, the meticulous attention to detail and its true decorative value will give its future purchaser a real pleasure. Moreover, it is a safe investment for a master of French silverware. The search for quality will be your specificity, recognized by your friends.
Pierre Carron for P&P Artleaders.