M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
LOUIS XV PROVINCIAL SILVER WINE TASTER
Jean-Francois Jouet, 1765-66
The form characteristic of the province of Bordeaux,
having a shallow round circular bowl with tapering sides
and a high domed center rising above the rim, raised on a 'collet foot'
Of all the French regional taster forms,
the 'Bordeaux form' is presumed the model for earliest English wine tasters.
The domed center allowed enough light against which to view the color of the wine.
And these slipped into the pocket for easy transport to the vintners.
The earliest known British silver taster was of this 'Bordeaux' form,
dating about 1570, and dredged from the Thames near
the Vintry or Three Cranes Wharf, in close proximity to the Vintners' Hall.
The 1570 English Bordeaux form taster was sold at Christie's London,
December 2019, sale 17725, lot 109.
Ref for this taster : Woolley Wallis, Silver &Vertu, 29 Oct 2019, Lot 145
Condition : Overall very good; a few expected wear marks;
maker's marks worn; the rim with tiny nick to edge; rim slightly out of round
4" Diameter / 2.25 oz
Above and Below Images Showing Marks on Upper Edge
Also See :
EARLY ENGLISH WINE TASTERS :
Their Lore, Influences ...
& The 'Disputes' of Name & Purpose
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