Marc Parrod 18th Century Style French Silver Tastevin Wine Taster


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An example of the early 20th century French silversmith Marc Parrod’s interpretation of a classic 18th century tastevin. Most of Parrod’s tastevins used a serpent handle, but this example has a tab handle engraved with a cluster of grapes inside a heart and the legend “Le bon vin rejouit le Coeur” (“Good wine gladdens the heart.”) The bowl is enhanced with repousse decoration of heavy grape clusters, vines and leaves along the sides. The edge of the bottom retains the raised “perles” used to reflect light into the wine to better show its color, but the hammered bottom is an uncommon Parrod treatment in a more 17th century style. Parrod was well known for his fantasy tastevins based on ancient designs and sometimes even engraved the name of a supposed original owner and a suitable year. In this case, the year was 1821, the city was Beaune in the Burgundy region, and the owner was Michelot (“little Michael”). The tastevin is fully marked with Parrod’s hallmarks and with French 1st standard (950/1000 pure) silver marks.

• Origin: France, ca 1903-44 (most likely toward the earlier part of the period)
• Condition: very good, a few small dings along the upper rim
• Dimensions: 3-5/16” x 4-3/8”
• Weight: 71.1 grams

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