Delicate set of Antique French Silver and crystal salt cellars by ‘Maître Orfèvre’ Jacques Florent Joseph BEYDEL in the ‘Directoire Style’ and era,
The salt cellars are shaped in the ‘navette’ or ‘boat’ form with the upper register of the silver bodies showcasing a laurel leaf wreath and the lower register showing a delicate silver gothic pillars line.
The interiors are in cobalt blue crystal.
The Hallmark is 1st Coq – 1st title – 1798 -1809 –Paris
The Makers Mark is what makes this piece quite rare.
It belongs to Jacques Florent Joseph BEYDEL who specialized in condiment sets and larger tableware.
His mark (we apologize for the barely readable photograph but it is very badly placed) shows his initials FJJB surrounding the design of an egg.
Beydel registered his mark: ‘An V, du 24 Prairial (or Year 5, 24th Prairial)’ under the Republican Calendar set up in 1792.
Which translates to June 12th 1798. He cancelled his mark in 1809.