A very nice small-size silver wine taster in the classical style. The bottom features the typical convex bottom surrounded by concave gadrooning and bull’s-eyes. The shape is intended to create high and low spots to better appreciate the color of the wine as light is reflected through it. The open shape also allows the bouquet to develop quickly so the wine can be tested easily. The snake handle is generally seen on tastevins from the region of Bourgogne. The tastevin bears an unidentified maker’s mark.
Origin: France, ca. 1870. Condition: excellent, no dings, sharp detail. Size: 2-1/4” diameter (excluding handle). Weight: 28.75 grams.