Antique French Sevres ceramic cabinet vase by Optat Milet. This vase features a lovely flambe glaze mottled ground in shades of green, resembling the look of moss agate. Mounted with French sterling silver rim and base. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, depicting the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of 950/1000 (of 95% silver and a higher finesse than .925 sterling). Bearing a maker's mark for silversmith Emile Gouffe, this mark was registered October 19th, 1901, whose workshop was located at 32 rue de Richelieu in the first arrondissement in Paris, just beside the Palais Royal. Vase is marked with the word Sèvres within a green oval, by the ceramist Félix Optatus Milet (for his personal production outside the Sevres Manufacture). Circa 1880-1900. Félix Optat Milet (1838-1911) began his career as a modeler for Sèvres in 1862. Despite the fact he was employed by the Sèvres factory, Optat opened his own workshop in 1866 at 6 rue Troyon, near Manufacture Nationale in Sèvres, where he employed up to fifty workers. Milet participated in many exhibitions, where his workshop won recognition and numerous awards including a silver medal in 1884; gold medal at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1889. His research on colors was celebrated and he worked with other Art Nouveau ceramic artists including Clément Massier (Vallauris), Charles Field (Haviland). His son, Paul Jean Milet, took over operations shortly before the turn of the century and ran the company until 1931. Measures 4" height x 3" width, 2 1/4" diameter opening. In overall good antique condition with general wear to the silver mounts commensurate with age and use.