An unusual item, this. It almost appears to have been something that would rest in a holder, though this is how we found it. It is a 'lay down' from now, not unlike an old lay down perfume or scent bottle, but it is large and meant for either bath powders or for use at table as a powdered sugar shaker or duster. The form is that of a pineapple, and body is made in porcelain. The fittings are in sterling silver with 18k gold layer, "vermeil". You see the French control marks for .950/1000 pure silver, that Minerve #1 profile mark. The silversmith's mark is also evident as the tiny diamond-shaped losing or punch mark, And is VveR&C, the mark of The Widow (Veuve meaning 'widow'). A delightful item and great conversation piece for table use with pastry or fruit service.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, though we wonder if there isn't a unique stand somewhere into which this item would have rested, perhaps along with other serving or vanity items as a set. I have never seen an item quite like this one or a set similar to what I'm picturing this one to have come from, so we're at a bit of a loss as to how to place it. It is wonderful as a lay down, however, as you see it in our images. Beautiful vermeil on sterling silver is the French preference for dessert service, and of course a powdered sugar dusting is appropriate for French pastry and also for fruit dessert service, so it's wonderful for use. No dents, no chips or cracks or damage to the porcelain body, either. Measurements are on photos.
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