Magnificent, smooth wine tasting bowl from Bordeaux, Tasse a vin

Object number 

Bordeaux 1752-53

Master: David Herbert

Lit: Jean et Jacques Clarke de Dromantin

“Les Orfevres de Bordeaux No. 1752 and 1716, 1736

Diameter 11.1 cm, weight: 82.7 g

Prov: Collection Marcel Sztejnberg

Detailed Description

Round bowl, with central bulge inwards, left smooth. Bordeaux model in simple silver with flared rim and navel

Back engraving: Moulinau, G.M.F.M and F.M. M.F.

The drinking bowl, tasse a vin

The oldest form of the drinking vessel, which was probably developed in analogy to the shape of the cupped hand or to found natural vessel shapes. The drinking bowl was probably primarily used to enjoy wine or brandy. The drinking bowl was used for many purposes, including as a bloodletting bowl or as a porridge bowl.

As a popular vessel shape, the low bowl was particularly widespread in northern and eastern Europe: as Bratina and Kowsch in Russia, as Kasa in Scandinavia, and as brandy or tasting bowl in the rest of Europe.

A comparable wine tasting bowl is in the Calvet d’Avignon Museum in Montpellier, made by the silversmith Hippolyte Dumas.

We can also refer to an identical bowl by the master Pierre II Tudier from Beziers 1752-1756