A very good first standard (950/1000 pure) silver small-size tastevin by the highly regarded Dijon silversmith Marc Parrod. This example retains the classic round shape with a convex bottom, but the usual gadrooning and bull’s-eyes are replaced by repoussé grape clusters alternating with bull’s-eyes. Each grape cluster is accented with stylized vines. Parrod was particularly noted for this unique variation. The handle is in the form of a pair of snakes, an element most often seen on tastevins from the Bourgogne region, of which Dijon is the capital city. These smaller tastevins are less common than the larger ones. The bottom is stamped with the Minerve and with the maker’s mark.
Origin: Dijon, France, ca. 1870. Condition: excellent, no dings or monograms, sharp detail. Size: 2-1/4” diameter (excluding handle). Weight: 24.5 grams.