French Enamel Inlaid and Filigree Silver Tray and Ewer
Our amazing nineteenth century French silver tray and ewer features some of the most elaborate and finest enamel inlay and filigree work we have seen in our almost 20 years in business. The tray weigh a massive 66 ounces (60 troy ounces, 1203 pennyweight, 1871 grams) and measures 18.25 by 10.25 by 1.25 inches. Ewer measures 9.75 inches tall and is designed to rest securely on one of the two protrusions on the tray. The tray features a central mold cartouche depicting Jesus washing the feet of his disciple, with gargoyles and eagles at each of the four corners. Likely a commissioned work for use in Christian (Catholic) ritual, possibly baptism, or very possibly an example of la toilette, the French ritual of cleansing prior to or after meal service, suggesting the second protrusion may have held a small basin for hand-washing.
Each is in good condition. There is a loss to the ewer as shown in our image. Considerable rubbing and polishing wear, but still in very good condition for its age. Tray carries the French large guarantee mark (Minerva in eight-sided cartouche) indicating .950 purity, plus the maker's mark in diamond cartouch which appears to show the capital letters A and C (or G) separated by a design, now worn away.