THIS week we valued a French parcel-gilt silver chalice, from Placide Poussielgue-Rusand, Paris.
The bowl has gilt stiff leaves to the base, and a stem having a large segmented knop between chased fruiting vine tendrils.
The circular spreading foot with conforming stiff leaves, engraved panels of cross-hatching and an applied blue enamel cross was once exhibited at the Great Exhibition, in the Crystal Palace, London, 1851.
This pleasing object with its impeccable Great Exhibition provenance is from a highly-important 19th-century French producer of ecclesiastical silver.
The simplicity of design is particularly appealing when so much ecclesiastical production at this time could be far more ornate.
Placide Poussielgue-Rusand was a very celebrated goldsmith of liturgical objects during his lifetime.
He was titled with the honour of being the Holy Father Manufacturer to the Pope.
Our specialists valued the Chalice at: £3,000-£4,000.