Vintage Cartier Ash Tray Wine Taster Form. Fine French Silver Details WOW .950

Description

An unusual Cartier Ash Tray in the form of a French wine taster and having a cigarette rest.

This is an elegantly classically-styled sterling silver Ashtray fashioned similar to a tastevin by France’s ultimate purveyor of fine luxury goods—Cartier. Tastevins are used by sommeliers and cellar masters to examine wine for quality. The taster is traditionally shaped, with a domed bottom and curving sides decorated with large and small bulls-eyes and tapered gadrooning. The shape allows the color of the wine to be fully appreciated as the silver glistens through the liquid, the curving sides helps to concentrate the wine’s aroma, and the wide mouth allows the bouquet to develop quickly from just a small amount of wine. This piece is beautifully formed with a reeded loop handle and it is fully hallmarked on its bottom with CARTIER hallmark in a cartouche and MADE IN FRANCE.

 

The lip of this fine silver Cartier Ashtray is appropriately hallmarked with the maker’s mark as well as with the “tête de mercure” export mark. Origin: France, ca. 1980. Condition: excellent, no monogram, minimal surface scratchings.

Size: 3-5/16” diameter (not including handle). 

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