Wonderful, smooth Bordeaux wine tasting bowl from the late 17th century with a navel, silver

Object number 

BORDEAUX 1698 – 1699

Master-Silversmith: Gabriel TOSTEE

Weight: 79.2 g – diameter: 10.7 cm

Lit: hallmarks in the book by Jean Clarke de DROMANTIN “Les orfèvres de Bordeaux et la marque du Roy” on page 148 and similar model on page 16.

Prov: Marcel Sztejnberg Collection

Detailed Description

Vinetasting bowl. tasse a vin

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

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