Posted 7 years ago
Here's another piece that was selected simply because of its beauty and craftsmanship, but I have little by way of information about the maker.
Hand, wrought iron disc supported by wonderfully delicate leaf and scrolled feet with a shallow concave glass bowl underneath is which butterfly marquetry. The bottom side is brass with stamped signature and French trademark. Dimensions: 6.10”(W) x 1.5”(H).
I have seen these "F. Billère" signed butterfly utilitarian pieces before, either in vide poche or larger sized tray forms. The signature generally is the same on all with sometimes there being the addition of "Depose," which is the case with this little dish. There is a chance that the “F. Billère” signature may actually reference, Billère, the largest city ~20 miles due north of the Pyrénées National Park in Southern France, but this is just a guess.
Any attribution information or assistance would be most appreciated.