Placide Poussièlgue-Rusand. Neo-Gothic silver-gilt and enamel chalice, circa 1855-1860

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Placide POUSSIELGUE-RUSAND (1824-1889)

Silver-gilt and enamel chalice with Neo-Gothic decoration. Depicting the four evangelists on a multi-lobed base atop a gallery with qauterfoil motif, canted stem with same motif, ornated in the centre by a ring with six enameled motifs and smooth bowl with inlaid festooned decoration of enameled rosaces.

Circa 1855-1860
Minerva hall mark first standard and Master maker’s mark PPR of Placide POUSSIELGUE-RUSAND.

Weight : 585,3 g (20.6 oz.)
Height : 23,5 cm (9.2 in.) – Base diameter : 13,6 cm (5.3 in.)

Placide Poussielgue-Rusand (1824-1889) takes over the Choiselat-Gallien firm in Paris in 1849. A manufacturer of religious silversmith art and bronzes, it employed 250 workers in 1862. It created the high altar of the Saint Trinity Church in Paris and the reliquary of the Saint Couronne d'épines of the Cathedral Notre-Dame Cathedrale. Rewarded in every exhibition from 1851 till 1878, he was given the title, silversmith of the pope. He inspired the works of Viollet-Le-Duc’s medieval models for a production around modular elements. This chalice is a very beautiful example.

Condition report : Screw mounted base with system of modular elements. Minor losses on enamel

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  • Item(s) quantity:  1
  • Height in cm : 23 cm
  • Width in cm : 13 cm
  • Depth in cm : 13 cm
  • Expertissim Reference: 2014120888