Soup tureen Louis XIV or "Bérain"
The nobility of sterling silver
This exquisite sterling silver soup tureen is a great example of the late XVII th century silversmithing, at the end of Louis XIV reign. The rich motifs of acanthus leaves, arabesques, and other floral pattern that adorn the tureen and its stand is greatly influenced by Jean Bérain’s work, a famous painter and engraver of that time, precursor of the Rococo style. Established in Paris, Bérain was appointed by the King to design richly ornamented furniture, Opera’s costumes and decors and participated to paramount projects such as composing the exterior decoration of the king's ships.