Beautiful Antique French Silver and Crystal Drageoir by Marc Auguste Lebrun.
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.
Contrary to many of these pieces, here the Crystal urn is completely apparent and elegantly wheel cut into swirling gadroons.
It rests on a square terrace decorated with a frieze of water leaves and four claw feet with acanthus and lotus leaf attachments.
The handles are gorgeous in the shape of swans with outstretched wings supporting a silver border decorated with pearls and water leaves. The domed lid is topped by a terrace of vine leaves and flowers on which a young Bacchus is kneeling.
The Hallmark is ‘Poinçon Au Vieillard’ -1st title (950/1000) -1819-1838- Paris
The Makers Mark is for Marc Auguste Lebrun.
It shows his initials (ML) topped by a weather, with an eagle underneath.
This is his second Mark which he registered in 1810. His first Mark was registered on April 22nd 1808.
His workshop was located 40 Quai des Orfèvres in Paris.