19th Century Italian Neoclassical Silver Covered Compote with Crystal Bowl
19th Century Italian Silver and Crystal Compote Bowl in good condition from a Milanese private collection. This antique Neoclassical covered compote bowl has a very fine hand-chased vegetal decoration and engraving, a lovely cast engraved silver 800/000 finial and shows silver-maker’s mark for Cristoforo Corbella active in the first half of 19th century in Milan, contrada degli Orefici 3194.
This antique silver compote of supreme craftsmanship stands on a three-lobed pedestal base with B L monogram engraved in the central part, features tripod legs decorated with Neoclassical motifs, scrolls, flowers, rosettes supporting a circular upper ring adorned with elegant acanthus leafed piercing.
Engraved crystal cup and a cover finely engraved with geometrical and vegetal pattern, surmounted by a cast gem finial.
The following marks can be seen on the bottom of the foot and the upper edge of the compote, (the original descriptions are reported, as they appear on the documents of the State Archive of Milan):
1) Forma eptagona. Globo col Zodiaco ed i setti (sic) Trioni Heptagon form. Globe with the Zodiac and the seven Trioni (seven stars of the Ursa Major) Mark of the Guarantee Office in use in the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy from 1812 for works with a title of 800 thousandths.
2) Aratro Plow Mark of the Guarantee Office in use in the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy from 1812.
3) Insegna della Luna Piena, con le cifre CC Full moon and letters CC Mark of the silversmith Cristoforo Corbella.
Corbella is a renowned Milanese silver maker from the first half of the 19th century and his creations appear in the treasures of many churches and in refined private collections.
Reference bibliography for marks and maker:
Gianguido Sambonet, Gli argenti milanesi: maestri, botteghe e punzoni dal XIV al XIX secolo, Milano 1987, pp 181.
Height: 20 cm
Diameter: 14.2 cm.
height: 20 cm
diameter: 14.2 cm
An Antique Silver oil and vinegar cruet set, having a Neoclassical style oval stand with hand-pierced and engraved decoration, with ring handle and a frame for two cut crystal cruet bottles with original stoppers . The bottle tops when the bottles are in use can sit into the snake-shaped holders on the side of the central silver stem. It stands on four foliate feet. Hallmarked Brescia, 1812/1872. F.C. silver maker monogram.
Good condition, 479 grams.
Pair of silver Neoclassic Candlesticks, Hallmarked Milan, 1820 by Liverti Francesco, a circular foot engraved with leafy and geometric edges. Neoclassical motif on edge of base of each candlestick is repeated on bottom of the fluted tapered column of each, under each candle cup. The base of each column is finely decorated with flowers and grape branches.
Small wear near the candle cup and base, consistent with use and age, early 19th century dating.
The two antique candle holders come from the furnishings of a Lombard villa on Como lake, where they were mounted as lamps, as shown the small hole on the edge of the base of each item.
On the bases they are hallmarked with the plow related to the silver title (800/000), the globe with the seven trionos related to the Guarantee Office of Milan from 1812 to 1872 and the silvermaker initials, F.L. relative to Francesco Liverti active in Milan until 1820.
The candlesticks weigh 276 grams and 291 grams, respectively. Measures: 10,5 inches high x over 4,5 inches diameter across base of each.
A stunning pair of Empire four-light gilt bronze figural candelabra, of French origin, dating back to 1810 circa. Extraordinary high-quality casting, chasing, engraving and mercury gilding.
Each flambeau has four curved branches decorated with floral patterns, ending with palm leaves and wax cups or bobéches are flower-shaped. Candle holders issuing from a torch, held by putti balancing on a round globe. Both cherubs have a perfect anatomy, with curled hair and a spectacular chiseled plumage wings. The candelabra are mounted on a stepped square base measuring 13 x 13 centimeters .
In overall excellent condition, with the exception of old restorations on a garland, an index finger and a leaf top missing.
They come from a luxury villa at Como Lake..
We have disassembled both works for cleaning and each item consists of 38 pieces and a globe edge is engraved with monogram M.B, may be initials of the artisan maker.
Each piece is characterized by a superb casting, chasing, engraving and mercury gilding and must be made by a great French fondeur-ciseleur of Empire period.