An Absolutely Charming Antique French Silver And Crystal ‘Drageoir’ by ‘Maitre Orfèvre’ NX GOULAIN
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.
The details on this piece are just beautiful.
The main scene shows a Young putto with butterfly wings, trying to hold a beautifully carved stork.
The details on the stork’s wings are incredible!as are the delicate flowers depicted on the same register.
The 2 side registers show grapes and vines held up by flowing ribbons.
The very upper register is delicately carved with a geometrical wreath, while the lower body register shows a geometric pattern.
The upper level of the main silver bowl is lined with a gorgeous laurel leaf wreath.
The lid is topped by a beautiful gerbera flower.
The handles are delicately carved with acanthus leaves and a small rosette.
The square pedestal rests on four silver pearls. The pedestal terrace is delicately cut out with a geometric pattern.
The bowl insert is cobalt blue crystal and is in perfect condition.
It is an absolutely gorgeous work of art!
The Year Hallmark is Poinçon Au Vieillard (Or Michael Angelo Hallmark) (first title 950/1000) for Paris 1819-1838.
The Makers Mark is for NX GOULAIN who registered his mark in 1813.
His workshop was located 11 place de Thionville in Paris