A Beautiful Antique French Silver and Crystal ‘Confiturier’ 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 taken from the Greek and Roman Mythology and symbolize marriage and love.
On the first figure Cupid is seen kneeling in front of a boulder and sharpening his arrow.
The draping of the cloth is just exquisite, as are the carvings of the faces which are extremely delicate.
The second figure shows Cupid playing the Lyre.
The upper register is lined with a the symbol of the Lyre in a laurel wreath.
The side register shows a floral design, while the handles are beautifully carved into the face of the God Hermes, the god’s messenger.
The first part of the pedestal is decorated with beautiful dolphins in ronde bosse, which symbolize the purity of sentiments.
The pedestal is circled by a silver circle showing the Lyre symbols in laurel wreaths.
The square pedestal rests on four sets of feet! Quite often used by Dupezard in his pieces.
The lid is also quite unique featuring a beautiful Winged Seahorse or Ketos used as a finial!
The Confiturier comes with 12 Silver Spoons by Master Spoon Maker Charles Salomon Mahler, as was the custom for these pieces.
The Hallmark is Poinçon au 2ieme Coq or 2nd Rooster Hallmark -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, first 37 rue de la Bucherie, then 5 rue de la Vieille Draperie and finally 4 rue du Mouton.