FRENCH FIRST STANDARD SILVER TASTEVIN
Late 19th Century, marks rubbed
The circular bowl embossed with waves (ojoohons,)* and large and small bubbles (cupules)* surrounding a raised central boss, the ring handle with an unengraved thumb rest, the handle a Minerva 1st Standard for .950 silver,
a small mark to the handle interior (possibly makers mark or a bigorne);
the verso with an A legible only, possibly Alfred Feau (Paris 1875-1913)
Condition : Excellent;
marks rubbed : the A barely visible, as is the profile on the straight-sided Minerva mark
There are several recorded references to silver wine tasters as far back as 14th and 15th century manuscripts.
Most wine tasters (tastevins) come from France. The standard model is circular, and between 3 ? and 5 inches
in diameter. The sides taper outward and the base is shaped like a dome, the handle being decorative. They are frequently engraved with owners' names or initials.
* Often on the cup rim there will be rays (ojoohons) for light to reflect through white wine
or little wells (cupules), to deepen red hues.
3” Wide (Bowl), 4-1/8” over handle
Probably Brazil, Early19th Century,
Crown over ? (likely a B), and another very rubbed mark
with fanciful silver dependent sea serpent loops and chain
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