Exquisite Antique French Silver and Crystal Salt and Condiment Service Set by Ambroise MIGNEROT.
The set consists of two Antique French Silver Open Salt Caddies or Cellars and a matching Condiment or Mustard Pot.
The sides are inlaid with beautifully carved ‘tambourine players’, dressed in the empire style made famous by Napoleon’s sister, which are apparent on three sides. The women showcase pearl diadems’ in their curled hair.
Their dresses are beautifully detailed with the gauze panels worked in a flower pattern, and small, bouffant sleeves bearing delicately raised arms.
The upper register of the pieces are beautifully lined with a geometric fringe while the upper border shows a silver pearl border.
The Frétel (or Finial) of the mustard cellar is in the form of a finely detailed pine nut, while its handle shows a suites of delicately carved laurel leaves.
The lid is delicately decorated with leave garlands and a ribbon tied reed wreath.
All three pieces are carved with a JGC monogram on one of the tambourines.
The 3 original inserts are cobalt blue crystal and are in mint condition. The silver details are intact!
A very rare and absolutely gorgeous set!
The Salt cellars are 3.1 inches high and 3.2 in diameter
The Mustard Cellar is 5.3 inches high.
The Hallmark is ‘2ieme Coq’ -1st title (950/1000) – 1809 -1819- Paris
The Makers Mark is that of Ambroise MIGNEROT.
A wonderful detail for the collectors: The piece is marked with what is known as a ‘Head of Greek Women’ with the letter P for Paris on the left hand side…
This is a hallmark that was used during the Revolution between 1793 and 1794 in Paris, which would mean that Ambroise Mignerot would have designed the piece earlier and then re introduced it in 1809.
Ambroise MIGNEROT’s Makers Mark shows an A and an M with a ‘nacelle’ topping the letters and a dot underneath them. His mark was created in 1800 and cancelled (biffe) in 1818. His offices were first located 2 rue Jean Robert, then 62 Rue du Temple. Ambroise MIGNEROT took under his wing a young Denis GARREAU who would later inherit his offices.