In France we call them ‘Drageoir’ or ‘Confiturier’ – But it turns out the only official name is a ‘Confiturier’ (Hence a Jam container), and it that originally, they were only thought of and used as Ceremonial Sugar Bowls.
This Antique Silver Drageoir is by Maitre Orfèvre Antoine LEVASSEUR in Paris, known for his very pure and very fine lines and shapes.
The body is Baluster shaped in solid silver with a pearl like fringe circling the bottom half. The Rim extends with a beautiful and delicate palmettos design. The Handles are extremely delicate and are decorated with palm designs and rosettes. The ‘Piédouche’ or small Pedestal rests on a square base with floral motifs outlining the four feet’s. ‘The Frétel’ (or Finial) is a delicate acorn resting on a crown of acanthus leaves.
A beautiful, very pure piece, in perfect shape!
The width given above is taken at the handles. The depth is that of the cup.
The Hallmark is ‘Poinçon au Vieillard’ (or Poinçon Michael Ange) -1st title – 1819 -1838 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for ‘Maître Orfèvre’ Antoine LEVASSEUR and shows an A L topped by a Mercury’s Winged Hat, with 1 star underneath the 2 letters (he was received Master in Paris in 1825). His address was listed as 12 Rue St Julien Le Pauvre for those of you familiar with Paris, this is right next to the lovely tiny old Church of St Julien Le Pauvre dating back to the very early XII.