Designed by Jean-Jacques Feuchère, French, 1807 - 1852. Made by P.-H.-Émile Froment-Meurice, French, 1837 - 1913.
This centerpiece--part of an elaborate silver table service that included candelabra, footed dishes, salt cellars, and platters--was made for a Spanish nobleman, the sixteenth duke of Medinaceli. It is adorned with aquatic images taken from Italian Renaissance sources, including Neptune and Venus, Roman mythological deities, and a nymph, a female nature spirit from Greek myth.
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