Martin Lumière French Silver Wine Taster, Orleans, 1764-66
Of typical round form, this Ancien Régime wine taster has a thickened rim and loop handle with reeding. It is well marked inside the handle and has the names and locations of owners engraved around the outside.
It was made in Orleans by Marin Lumière who became a master in 1749 and retired in 1773, leaving his business to his two sons.(1)
It measures 3.25 inches in diameter, 4 inches over the handle and the bowl is just under 1 inch high. It weighs 2.95 troy ounces and is in good/ very good antique condition with a nice old surface.
Francis Muel, Les Orfèvres d'Orléans, (Paris: Somogy, 2003), p. 100-101.
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