A classic second standard (800/1000 pure) silver tastevin from the Loire Valley of France. The origins of tastevins can often be identified by the tastevin’s shape. In this case, the bowl is rather shallow and completely without decoration. The handle is formed in the shape of a thin, curvy snake, but is worked without extra decoration such as scales or details to the head. This example is rather early, as is evidenced by signs of hand hammering and the small lathe mark in the middle of the bowl. The bottom is stamped with the original owner’s name, P. Roux. These classic tastevins from the Loire Valley are charming because of their simplicity, and the absence of decoration allows the wine to take center stage.
Origin: Loire Valley, France, ca. 1840. Condition: excellent. Size: 2-7/8” diameter (excluding handle). Weight: 30.0 grams.