An absolutely beautiful 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 amazing!
The upper register on the main body shows 4 designs – 2 of each kind.
The main one shows a winged Cherub holding out a torch with its body ending in intricate Acanthus foliage scrolls. This design is directly linked to the ‘architectural’ representations found around the second century BC in Greece.
The torch indicates enlightenment. On each side of each Putto, floral scrolls can be seen with rosettes featured in their centre.
The second design shows a stylized palm frond.
The very upper register is delicately carved with an exquisite geometrical lace wreath, which is found again on the four sides of the pedestal.
The handles show a very unique décor, that of a woman’s head framed by palms!
The finial features two Caryatids, dressed in the Phoenician way, with their hair braided along their face and falling in curls.
The bowl insert is white crystal with ‘facets’, it is original and in perfect condition.
A absolutely gorgeous piece! Rare to find in this perfectly ‘Mint’ state!
The Hallmark is 2ieme Coq -1st title (950/1000) – 1809/1819- Paris
The Makers Mark is for SJ DUPEZARD and shows an SJD.
Dupezard registered his mark in 1809 and cancelled it in 1822.
He held shop in Paris, 32 rue de la Bucherie.