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Pair of French 950 Silver Covered Vegetable Dishes

Pair of French 950 Silver Covered Vegetable Dishes


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Continental: Pre 1910: Item # 764224

Please refer to our stock # BD345 when inquiring.
 $9,750.00
2016 Holiday Sale
Listed Price $15,000.00
 
This is a pair of heavy gauge antique 950 silver vegetable dishes, beautifully made by the esteemed French silversmith, G. Keller of Paris, and handsomely embellished on the lids with superbly crafted depictions of broccoli stalks and leaves. Each of the dishes consists of 3 parts; an elegantly curving body with a pair of carrying handles, a removable gilded insert for ease in serving at the table, and the whimsically decorated lid. The bodies have each been subtly enhanced by decorative leafy motifs which are featured on both the upper and lower rims and which, in a more elaborate form, also stylishly highlight the bases of the applied handles. The lift-off lids have each been delightfully and imaginatively crowned with a finial in the shape of an extraordinarily realistic head of broccoli emerging from a cluster of skillfully crafted leaves which then extend artfully and effectively all around the center of each of the lids. The design is extremely creative and pleasing to the eye and each dish is of a practical size and is beautifully proportioned. The workmanship is of the very highest standards throughout and everything is perfect condition with the lovely soft patina found on the finest quality French 950 silver. All 3 pieces on each dish have been stamped with the name G. Keller and a geometric shape containing the initials GK. The rim of the lid is also stamped with the left-facing male head complete with the number 1 which was introduced in 1879 and used to identify sterling silver which is 950/1000 parts fine. These lovely dishes would turn any dining occasion into a special event and would add a touch of grace and elegance to any table setting. Each dish measures approx. 11” from handle to handle x approx. 7 ½” wide x approx. 7” tall to the top of the broccoli finial. They weigh a total of a very substantial 100 troy ounces.