Probably Brazil, Early 19th Century

Mark : Crown over ?





The deep ovoid bowl engraved to the exterior with an asymmetrical vacant floral and foliate cartouche

beneath a border of wrigglework, one end with foliate engraving issuing a ringed knop

suspended from a sea serpent’s mouth, and a further coiled sea serpent clip;

small mark to the end very rubbed but with a crown over a vertical e shape,

presumably the 18th or early 19th century Brazil mark; purchased in Bolivia


Note Regarding Brazil and Portuguese and Spanish Wine Introductions :

The first vines were brought to Brazil by the Portuguese in 1532,

who planted them in the state São Paulo.

Jesuits brought Spanish vines to Rio Grande do Sul in 1626,

and 18th century settlers from the Azores brought vine cuttings from Madeira and the Azores.

The 1840 plantations of Isabella (a cultivar of the species Vitis labrusca)

on the south coast of Rio Grande

are considered the first truly successful vine plantations in Brazil.


Condition : fine surface scratches (particularly at the back by the chair mount)

and dents associated with most tastevins of age; no breaks or repairs


2.5” Long (Bowl) / 6” Long Overall / 1.3 oz






Please Inquire




 The mark is too rubbed to be properly photographed. 
However, it is definitely a crown, and probably the B below.









Centing the remains of the mark below the wriggle-work




Also See :




Louis XV / XVI Provincial Silver Tastevin

Mid 18th century




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South American Engraved Silver Wine Taster, 19th Century, Probably Brazil, with 2 Dependent Loops as Sea Serpents