(End of the 19th Century)

Surtout de table

Circa 1900

Bearing the mark BOIN-TABURET A PARIS

Vermeil, Mirror, Porcelain

Height : 40 cm (15,7 in.) , Length : 84 cm (33 in.) ; Width : 60 cm (23,6 in.)

Elegant surtout de table in finely chiseled vermeil. Composed of a large tray, covered with a mirror, circled by balustrades surmounted by covered urns along four small removable basins. It opens onto two stairs flanked with dolphins, and, on the sides, on two fountains with mascaron amidst rushes.
An open pagoda, with leafy uprights and an openwork roof, completes this surtout de table, and includes in its center a musician in Meissen porcelain.

This surtout de table, evoking a miniature garden and mixing elements of classical and oriental architecture, perfectly illustrates the taste of the 18th and 19th centuries for “folies”, these sometimes extravagant constructions adorning the parks in the form of temples, caves or pavilions intended to receive its guests in a more intimate way.


The two French goldsmiths George Boin and his son-in-law Emile Taburet created around 1875 in Paris the company Boin-Taburet. They made many silver pieces inspired by the beautiful services of the eighteenth century. At the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1878, Georges Boin presented a “service de toilette” inspired by the work of François-Thomas Germain (1726-1791), and then at the Universal Exhibition of 1889, several epergnes, including one of them executed after drawings by the famous artist Juste-Aurèle Meissonier (1695-1750), as well as tea sets of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI styles. Boin-Taburet firm also exhibited a tureen and platter after Pierre Germain’s one (1645-1684) for the Jockey Club, located then on Scribe street in Paris in 1863. Through its lavish events to various international shows, Boin-Taburet company contributed to the revival styles of the eighteenth century.

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