Lovely antique Belle Epoque era French sterling silver compote tazza or footed centerpiece. Masterfully crafted from the highest quality French sterling silver made for the firm of Fouquet-Lapar. Decorated with embossed scalloped sea shells and stylized acanthus with a charming fish scale pattern to the corners framing openwork vignettes of pierced / reticulated lattice. The center well monogrammed with engraved interlaced initials RC or CR in elegant script. Resting on four casted feet topped by a palmette or shell detail. Finished in gold vermeil. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark used from 1838, which depicts the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of 950/1000 (95% silver and a higher finesse than .925 sterling). Bearing makers marks for silversmiths Limousin & Souche, active from 1905-1925 at 76 rue des Archives in Paris. Marked for Fouquet-Lapar. Georges Fouquet-Lapar, active from 1897-1925, his workshop was located 25 Rue de Choiseul in Paris. Georges Fouquet-Lapar served his apprenticeship under his father-in-law, Léon Lapar and registered his own mark in 1897. Measures 10 1/4" square x 1 3/8" height. Weighs 581.9 grams. In good condition with general wear commensurate with use.