Lot 179: French Empire Silver, Vermeil, & Plate Ciborium
December 4, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: .950-silver, vermeil, and silver-plated metal the pyx's upper chamber and lid of silver, cylindrical for holding the sacramental wafers, atop a silver-plated stem with an urn-shaped knop at the midpoint, all over a silver-plated foot in the form of a flattened bell, the surfaces incised with grape and berry motifs, some arranged to resemble Gothic lancet arches, the interior of the host chamber with a bright vermeil wash; hallmarked around the rim, on the edge of the lid, and on the underside of the chamber, with the French marks used 1798-1809. 8.5" H X 4.5" diameter. Weight of silver components: approximately 5.8 troy ounces. The lid lacking its original cross finial.