French Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Cranberry Overlay Cameo Glass Sugar Shaker, Caster
Rare antique Belle Epoque era French sterling silver sugar shaker, castor. The lid is decorated in elegant chased repousse with spiral fluting and rocailles. Further enhanced with a gilt vermeil interior. The pedestal base and collar adorned with rocailles and scrolling foliage. The stunning acid etched cameo glass body is multilayered in green and cranberry red. Patterned with rosehip flowers, berries and leaves done in cranberry overlay with gilt accents, over an intricate etched textured ground. In good antique condition with general wear commensurate with use. Measures 7" height, 2 3/4" diameter at its widest. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, in use from 1838, which guaranteed the finest quality silver of .950/1000 purity (95% pure silver and a higher grade than the standard .925 for sterling). Maker's mark is partially obscured, but appears to be that of Parisian silversmith Charles Tirbour, active from 1897 at 8 rue des Haudriette, Paris.