An absolutely lovely Antique French Silver and Crystal ‘Drageoir’ by ‘Maitre Orfèvre’ SJ DUPEZARD.
In France we call them ‘Drageoir’ or ‘Confiturier’, but the only official name is a ‘Confiturier’ (Hence a Jam container), and it is widely thought that, originally, they were only used as Ceremonial Sugar Bowls.
The details on this piece are lovely!
The Scenes represented are symbols of love and Beauty as well as prosperity.
The Swan symbolize Purity of Sentiments and Beauty, in Greek mythology the swan was closely linked to Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love.
In our lovely Drageoir, the swans surround a overflowing Cornucopia, of Horn of Abundance, promising wealth and prosperity to its owner.
The very upper register is delicately carved with a oak and Ivy leaves wreath, while the upper rim show a gorgeous detail of Acanthus leaves.
The handles are beautiful, consisting of swans rising out of an acanthus bouquet.
The square pedestal rests on four lions’ paws and is lined by acanthus leaves.
The finial shows a lovely Pineapple resting on a rosettes of acanthus and papyrus.
The bowl insert is Cobalt blue crystal and in perfect condition.
A absolutely lovely piece! Rare to find as DUPEZARD was definitely not as prolific in Drageoir’s, as Denis Garreau would later be.
The Hallmark is Poinçon Au Vieillard or Michael Angelo Hallmark -1st title (950/1000) – 1819-1838- Paris
The Makers Mark is for SJ DUPEZARD and shows an SJD.
Dupezard registered his mark in 1809 and cancelled it in 1822.
His workshop was located in Paris, 37 rue de la Bucherie, before moving to 5 rue de la Vieille Draperie in 1813 and finally to 4 rue du Mouton.