French 950 sterling silver and cut crystal Drageoir (a box for sweets) or Confiturier (Jam container) by Etienne-Auguste Courtois, 62 Rue du Temple, Paris, now in the Marais District.
Courtois, a Master Silversmith, who specialized in Partie de Table or important pieces for table decoration, worked from 1834 - 1848, and, as the fineness mark is that used from 1819 - 1838, the piece can be dated 1834 - 1838.
The fineness mark, guarantee mark and makerâ€²s mark are on the body and the lid. Even the retaining nut for the lid handle is original.
The body of the Drageoir is supported by four panels of winged shell, scroll and acanthus leaf designs, showing off the insert to good effect.
The square base has a Gadroon and shell border and sits on four stylized shell caped ball feet, supporting a round, collared pedestal embossed with spear and dart decorations.
The lid, which fits the crystal insert properly, has a shell supported ball handle mounted atop a n embossed, alternating leaf and floral cap.
The cut crystal insert has lobed panel decorations, the slightest hint of blue color and is free of any chips, flakes or cracks.
The fancy scroll and shell add the finishing touches to this spectacular serving bowl.
The silver weight is 369 grams or 11.9 ozs, with the crystal insert weighing 303 grams.
The bowl is 9 1/2" tall, 7 1/8" across the handles, 4 1/2" in diameter a,d 3 5/8" square at its feet.
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.