Belgian silver from Belle époque to Art Nouveau
Silver cup and saucer with Rocaille motive. Made in Belgium by Schapmans, around 1868 -1890 - Neo rocaille Style - pre art nouveau. Introduction of Japanese wave motive: crested motives looking like the fringe of falling water, or the crest of sea wave. These crested patterns find their origin in the influence of Japonisme. The wave as a pictorial theme and ornamental pattern in Japanese art had a profound impact on European painting, graphic art, and applied arts in the second half of the nineteenth century. The highly stylized wave formula, underwent an intensification of decorative force in Europe, especially in the Art Nouveau movement.
Cup inside a slight gold finish. Under handle of cup on the rim of the base is the Dutch mark for used/imported objects (.Z.) for 800 silver standard of fineness ( mark not shown on picture).
Maker's mark: S with a lozenge above for: Schapmans - From the city Mechelen - Malines — Belgium.
Their workshop existed roughly between 1866-1920 at:
17 rue des Beggarts
17 rue des Moulins
32 en 22 rue Sainte Catherine
in Mechelen - Malines — Belgium.
2nd mark, the A under a lozenge, is not a hallmark it has been applied by Schapmans to indicate silver (Argent) 800/1000 fineness.
The cup has a cast handle ( pin/hole constr.), ivory insulators. Diameter cup 8.5cm/3.4", Height 7cm/2.8". Saucer diameter 16cm/6.3". Weight of set 342 grams / 12.07 ounces.
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