a rare silver and glass casket reliquary by froment meurice 1802 1855

A RARE SILVER AND GLASS CASKET / RELIQUARY BY FROMENT MEURICE 1802 - 1855


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£1,450
| $2,021 USD | €1,690 EUR


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A RARE SILVER AND GLASS CASKET / RELIQUARY
BY FROMENT MEURICE 1802 - 1855
THE CASKET HAS A CIRCULAR FOOT
BEARING THE MARK OF FROMENT MEURICE AND FRENCH CONTROL MARKS
THE STEM AND FOOT HAND ENGRAVED WITH LEAVES
FROM THE TOP OF THE STEM FOUR S SHAPE SCROLLS SUPPORT THE CASKET
THE GLASS SIDED CASKET HAS FOUR SILVER ENGRAVED PANELS
GLASS TOPPED LID HAS FOUR LARGE S SCROLLS SUPPORTING A WINGED CHERUB
SUPERB CONDITION
HEIGHT 10 INCHES
TOTAL WEIGHT 38 OZS
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Froment-Meurice was hugely successful at exploiting the international expositions of the 1840s and 50s to gain a large international clientele and a widely fashionable reputation. Only days after his death in February 1855 a contemporary journalist, Jules Janin, noted that, among others, the Tsar of Russia, the Pope and both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert owned works by Froment-Meurice.
In the course of her many visits to the Great Exhibition Queen Victoria made at least four calls at the stand of Froment-Meurice, one of the most successful goldsmiths and jewellers in France, who was once described by Victor Hugo as the Cellini of his age. One of Froment-Meurice's strengths was stylistic versatility. He is perhaps best known for Renaissance and Gothic revival pieces, but his naturalistic works also won high praise. He won a Council Medal at the Great Exhibition and became well known in England. Prince Albert spent £70 5s. on oxidised silver articles from his stand while Queen Victoria noted ‘some fine pieces of jewelry executed by M. Froment Meurice from whom we have bought some things’; she purchased ‘some trifles’ from the stand in October.
One of Froment-Meurice's strengths was stylistic versatility. He is perhaps best known for Renaissance and Gothic revival pieces, but his naturalistic works also won high praise. He won a Council Medal at the Great Exhibition and became well known in England.


Dimensions

Height = 26 cm (10")
Width = 0 cm (0")
Depth = 0 cm (0")


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