A Charming Antique French Silver Confiturier by Maitre Orfèvre Antoine Hience.
In France we call them ‘Drageoir’ or ‘Confiturier’ – But the only official name is a ‘Confiturier’ (Hence a Jam container), and it turns out that originally, they were only thought of and used as Ceremonial Sugar Bowls.
This delicate piece is decorated in the Louis XVI Style.
The upper register shows three ‘Masks’ or women’s heads with an elaborate hair style topping the three delicate pillar that form the tripod.
The curved pillars end with deer hooves and rest on a triangular base lined with delicate acanthus leaves resting on silver pearls.
The base has a lovely blueberry rising out of an acanthus crown.
The upper part of the ‘Confiturier’ features a stylized floral garland running on the edge, while the top part shows a gorgeous guilloche work, with spokes of heart.
The lid which is slightly domed, is lined with silver pearls and topped by a blueberry.
The interior is in cobalt blown glass.
The spoons as usual for this period are by another maker: J Chatenay.
The Hallmark is 1er Coq -1st title Silver (950/1000) – Paris 1798/1809
The piece is also marked with the Association of the Silversmiths or Jeanette Parisienne Hallmark for the years 1793-1794.
The Makers Mark is for Antoine Hience. It shows his initials separated by crossed anchors.
His marked was registered in 1798 and canceled in 1828.
His workshop was first located 30 Quai des Orfèvres then 60 Quai des Orfèvres in Paris.