Lot 50
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A FRENCH PARCEL-GILT, SILVER-PLATED BRONZE AND COPPER PATERA À LA MINERVE PEDESTAL TABLE, AFTER THE HILDESHEIM TREASURE, CHRISTOFLE, PARIS, 1870-1873 | A French parcel-gilt, silver-plated bronze and copper patera à la Minerve pedestal table, after the Hildesheim treasure, Christofle, Paris, 1870-1873

18,000 - 25,000 EUR
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  • 89 x 54 cm ; 34 3/4 x 21 1/3 in.
on three claw feet, the central column shaped stem applied with three masks and palms, the large two-handled bowl decorated with palms and flowers and embossed in the center with Minerva sitting on a rock, numbered 716259 and 830135


Sotheby's Paris, 17 October 2007, lot 28. 


Probably London Universal Exhibition, 1871, and Vienna, 1873.
Paris Universal Exhibition, 1878 (together with all the Hildesheim style pieces created by Christofle).


For the foot, see. H. Bouilhet, L'Orfèvrerie française aux XVIIIe et XIXe siècles, vol. 3, p. 77 (on a tea table)
The patera with Minerva is illustrated on M.A. Dancel's article on the treasure of Hildesheim published in 1870.

Catalogue Note

This pedestal table is based on an antique model which is part of an exceptional 1st century AD silver group of treasures rediscovered by soldiers digging a trench in Hildesheim, Germany, on 17 October 1868. On 17 September 1869, the King of Prussia gave these treasures to the Berlin Antique Department. Today it is in the collection of the Pergamonmuseum, Berlin. Among the 70 items, a patera with a figure of Minerva became the emblematic piece of these treasures. In 1869, Christofle, with the assistance of Charles Rossigneux (1816-1909) endeavoured adapting these models into everyday silver-plated articles, such as forks and knives with the handles matching a spoon (cochlea) from the group of treasures. In 1871, Paul Christofle and H. Bouilhet gave a crater-shaped vase together with another to the Cluny Museum (today in the Orsay Museum). Rossigneux made the present three-legged base to turn the enlarged initial patera into a pedestal table. In the 1870 catalogue, the patera alone was offered in two sizes, 40 x 45 cm and 20 x 25 cm. An identical pedestal table is in the Christofle Museum, in Paris. According to the archives of the museum, only two examples were made of this model.