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A silver, silver-gilt and pearl oyster cup, by Emile Froment-Meurice, circa 1880
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100,000150,000
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145
A silver, silver-gilt and pearl oyster cup, by Emile Froment-Meurice, circa 1880
Estimate
100,000150,000
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A silver, silver-gilt and pearl oyster cup, by Emile Froment-Meurice, circa 1880
on a circular base, the stem with two intertwined sirens hodling the oyster  containing a pearl, with two putti and algae frieze, signed Froment-Meurice to the reverse, in its original case wrapped in red leather
Haut. 20,5 cm ; height 8 in.
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Provenance

Sale Sotheby's, Monaco, 11 december 1999, lot 257

Froment-Meurice collection

Exhibited

Daniel Alcouffe, Bertrand Jestaz et Colombe Verlet, Dix siècles de joaillerie française, Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1962

Dix siècles de joaillerie française, Musée du Louvre, Paris, 3 mai - 3 juin 1962

Trésors d'argent, les Froment-Meurice, Paris-Musées, 2003, p. 11 et 20, et n° 100 p. 212

Literature

François Dumont, "Froment Meurice, le Victor Hugo de l'orfèvrerie", in Connaissance des Arts, n°57, novembre 1956, pp.42-45

Daniel Alcouffe, Bertrand Jestaz et Colombe Verlet, Dix siècles de joaillerie française, cat.exp. Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1962, n° 126, p.105

Catalogue Note

This coupe is in the tradition of mounted objects. Coconut, ostrich egg and hard stones were so prized in previous centuries. It was also adapted by Froment-Meurice without an oyster shell, (lot 148) where the silversmith takes exactly the same composition with the footed stem shaped by two mermaids, but only in silver.

The exhibition catalogue Trésors d'Argent, les Froment Meurice, orfèvres romantiques parisiens, reproduces on page 85 a drawing from a portfolio of orders illustrating a pearl-like coupe. During the short engagement period between King Alfonso XII and his cousin Mercedes of Orleans-Bourbon, daughter of the Count and Countess de Montpensier, Emile Froment-Meurice sent to the Spanish court via the Count of Montpensier a fabulous catalogue of items, testimony of this firm's creativity. It included a drawing depicting an enamel, vermeil and pearl oyster coupe which greatly inspired the vessel that we present. The main difference is the footed stem from the drawing is composed of a centaur and a woman supporting the coupe, probably Deianeira's kidnapping by the centaur Nessus.

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