ANTIQUE 19thC VICTORIAN SOLID SILVER-GILT PAPERWEIGHT, JEAN-VALENTIN MOREL c1851
Antique mid-19th Century Victorian rare and important solid silver-gilt desk paperweight, on black ebonised base and mounted with a realistically modelled statue of a heron catching a snake amongst vegetation, extremely detailed and of the finest quality. Hallmarked English Silver (925 standard), London, year 1851 (Q), Maker J. ANTIQUE 19thC VICTORIAN SOLID SILVER-GILT PAPERWEIGHT, JEAN-VALENTIN MOREL c1851. A student of Adrien-Maximilian maker of gold boxes to Louis XVI and Napoleon. In 1818 he started working independently and registered his first mark in August 1827 and later went to work with the Fossin brothers in 1834, remaining there until 1840. At one point they employed 80 workers and won a gold medal at the Exposition des Produits de l'industrie of 1844 in Paris. However, their partnership ended acrimoniously in a lawsuit that resulted in Morel being prohibited from working in Paris again. The revolutions of 1848 caused Morel to flee to London, he became established in New Burlington Street with financial backing from collector Edmond Joly de Bammeville. Registering his London mark in 1849, he continued to produce the highest quality silver and jewellery. At the Great Exhibition of 1851, he was awarded a Council Medal. Showed a number of items at the Exhibition, notably including paperweights of various designs.
There he exhibited his famous bloodstone and enamel cup depicting Perseus and Andromeda, commissioned by Henry Thomas Hope. In Great Condition - No Damage.
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- Composition: Solid Silver
- Maker: Jean-Valentin Morel
- Product: Paperweight
- Age: 1850-1899