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Table and silverware

The housewife under fifty much likes the similarly-named ménagère (canteen of cutlery). But table- and silverware auctions feature fine antique cutlery sets in silver or vermeil, containing table forks and knives, coffee and dessert spoons, sugar tongs and pie servers, meticulously presented in a fine box.traditional silverware with shell or filet patterns and remarkable pieces by silversmiths in the rocaille (odiot) or art deco styles (puiforcat, christofle, etc.) Feature in these online auctions, with dinner services in porcelain (sèvres, meissen, limoges) or earthenware (moustiers, gien, nevers), which include dinner, soup and dessert plates, tureens and sauce boats.
Not to mention "top-glass" sets of glasses and carafes in baccarat, saint-louis and daum crystal, which rival with ornamental pieces for presenting and serving sweet substances: ewers, sweet jars, sugar dredgers, jam pot, and the like.
Did you know ?
One ornamental piece that still exists today is the champagne bucket: an item that regularly appears in drouot auctions.


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Large Meissen porcelain sauceboat from the 18th century, later decoration Blue mark with two crossed swords Of contoured oval form, resting on four bracket feet, the spouts with women's heads, the rim molded in wickerwork, with polychrome and gold decoration of coats of arms and flowers of the Indies, one spout with restorations and minor missing parts. A second similar porcelain model in the Meissen style is included. L._x001e_: 25.5 cm. Notes_x001e_: The coat of arms is that of Count Alexander Joseph von Sulkowski (1695-1762) and his wife Baroness Maria Franziska von Stein zu Jettingen (1712-1741). Alexandre came from a Polish noble family. He entered the Court of Augustus III, son of Augustus the Strong, as a page in 1711, was ennobled a Polish count in 1732, then became Minister of State on Augustus III's accession to the throne. He married for the first time in 1728 to Baroness Maria Franziska von Stein zu Jettingen, with whom he had seven children. It is their respective coats of arms that appear on this coin and the original service that was produced, comprising some 600 pieces. This was the first important service produced for someone other than the Elector by the Meissen manufactory, even before the famous "_x001e_service aux cygnes_x001e_". It was produced between 1735 and 1738, the date of the minister's disgrace. For a very important study of this service, see the article by Julius Lessing, in Kunstgewerbeblatt, 'Das Porzellangescgirr Sulkowski', 1888, vol.4, pp.43-48.

Estim. 1,000 - 1,500 EUR

[NAPOLEON III] - Manufacture Impériale de Sèvres, 1856 White porcelain covered VERSEUSE and PAIRE DE RAVIER oblongs with two handles, with gold filets, with the figure of Napoleon III under imperial crown for the verseuse, marked with the stamp in green dated 1848 and the gilding stamp in red dated 1856. Height: 22 cm ADDED: Porcelain SOUPIERE (without lid), marked with the green stamp of Sèvres 1852 and the signature of the gilder Lerosey, rue de la Paix 11. Width 35 cm Provenance: Antonia BANUELOS-THORNDIKE (Rome 1855 - Bournemouth 1921) Last intimate memories Buried in the darkness of a remote villa in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, these last memories of the Marquise d'Alcedo transport us to the height of the Belle Époque and plunge us into the heart of Europe's great aristocratic families. Antonia Bañuelos-Thorndike was born in Rome, at the Vatican, where her father, Count Miguel de los Santos Bañuelos y Traval, held a diplomatic post for Spain. He married Maria Adelina Thorndike, whom he had met while working in New York. Young Antonia spent her childhood in Spain. In 1891, she married Fernando Quiñones de Léon y Francisco-Martin (1858-1937), Marquis of Alcedo, son of the Marquis of San Carlos. Her husband's title was created by Infanta Isabel of Spain especially for him. Antonia Banuelos, Marquise d'Alcedo entered even further into the circle of European aristocracy, through the Quiñones branch, Grands of Spain. The Marquis d'Alcedo, born in France, was also a diplomat, politician, writer and bibliophile. From 1896, she settled in Biarritz, where she spent almost 25 years. They had two daughters, Antonia and Isabel, who are often depicted in her later works. She died in England, but her funeral in Biarritz was attended by her great friend Queen Nathalie of Serbia (1859-1941). She is buried in the family vault in Biarritz's Sabaou cemetery, for which she created a large marble sculpture of an angel. In Paris, Antonia Bañuelos studied under Charles Chaplin (1825-1891), an official artist of the Second Empire, and produced mainly genre scenes and portraits. She exhibited regularly in Europe from the late 1870s onwards, winning a bronze medal in 1889 at the Exposition Universelle in Paris (lot 177). She is probably one of the most important Spanish women artists of the late 19th century. The furniture, objects and paintings we have the honor of presenting bear witness to this prestigious lineage, where the arms of the Quiñones de Leon family rub shoulders with the diplomatic functions for which grand receptions were organized. But Antonia Bañuelos-Thorndike's works also illustrate the intimacy of the family and the sensitivity of a woman well-versed in the manners of Belle Époque high society. This collection has been preserved to this day in the descendants of Antonia Bañuelos. The latter succeeded in passing on her artistic fibre to Juan Luis Cousino, her grandson, and the larger aristocratic line has been maintained, notably with Micaela Cousino Quinones de Léon, wife of Henri Comte de Paris, who died in 2022 and 2019 respectively.

Estim. 200 - 300 EUR