Known as a rafraichissoir, this beautifully polished copper vessel has been hammered using both repousse and chasing metalworking techniques. Beneath the thinly rolled rim is a repetitive border of widely space recessed lobes on the neck, just above tightly grouped cabochons. Both of these motifs would have been hammered from the front side (chased). A thin protruding ring adorned with spiral fluting separates the neck from the bulbous main body, which is embellished by gadrooning that was worked from the inside (known as repousse).
A rafraichissoir derives its name from a small table that usually had an inset copper bowl. The table was a common piece of furniture in upscale 18th-19th century French residences and would have been used to chill bottles of wine or champagne. Over time, the term rafraichissoir came to be used for the chill bowls themselves. Our 18th century copper rafraichissoir would make a great decorative accessory for any kitchen, bar area, or bathroom.
CONDITION: Good antique condition, with light buildups and rubs. Wear commensurate to age and use, including minor cavitations and old, small repairs to interior and rolled rim. Please see photos for details.