French Provincial, Lyon, 950 standard silver covered sugar, jam or sweet meat bowl, 1813 - 1830, makerâ€²s mark: FC over S for FranÃ§ois CÃ©cil Soccard. It also has an unknown to us Stag Head mark, very similar to the discharge mark used in Nantes during the mid 18th C.
This most unusual oval pedestal serving bowl has the usual array of marks on the lid, body and base, plus the unusual aforementioned Stag head mark and another unknown script mark on the inner rim of the lid: EST. The mark is next to a Lyon Grosse Garantie mark. The body has a 1st Standard Provincial assay mark, with another Provincial Garantie mark on the cut work of the base along with yet another unknown mark of a square cross with intersecting rays.
The lid and underside of the base have buriladas or vous ciselÃ© marks taken by the assayer. The makersâ€² mark is struck under the base, inside the bowl and on the underside of the lid.
The handles are in the forms of winged, footed serpents and the oval body has drapery on the rim and on a central band. The base has a cut work riser and conforming drapery on the lower rim, sitting on four ball feet.
The lid has a domed leaf form handle.
Weighing 449 grams or 14.4 ozs. Troy, this especially attractive and desirable bowl is 8 3/8" across the handles, 7 3/8" tall, 5 3/4" long, 4 3/8" wide and 3 1/2" deep.
The soft, warm, original finish is present, with no buffing or machine polishing.
The excellent original condition and clear, crisp detail, with no monograms, removals, repairs or alterations, make this an especially attractive offering.