Short stem of swirling asymmetrical Rococo form with shell-like and foliage decoration above a rounded triangle-shaped base with shell, rocaille and sun ray decoration; conforming nozzle and foliate, removable drip-pan, . Beautiful chasing, original gilding with matte and polished areas. The bottom of each drip pan with unidentified stamp “CC”.
The design is inspired by the designs of the important French goldsmith Juste-Aurele Meissonnier (French, Turin 1695–1750 Paris), Dessinateur du Cabinet du roi who played an important pioneering role in the 18th century development of the Louis XV style, which the French called the “style pittoresque”: Meissonnier dared to break with all previously known forms and to enter a new, abstract world. It was said about him in 1755: ‘Meissonier began to destroy all the straight lines, which until then were common in the traditional way; He turned and blew the friezes by all kinds; […] It was he who put lovely contours in S-shape into this world.’
Condition: good, wear consistent with age and use, partially fading – detailed condition report on request