A Beautiful Antique French Silver Ragout Spoon by Louis Julien ANTHIAUME.
The sheer size of the piece is exceptional!
Used to serve Ragouts (stews) or Oille as they were then called the Spoon complimented the ‘Pot A Oille’ that was one of the grander pieces of silver in a wealthy family possessed.
Our piece is just beautiful, simple in design yet perfectly balanced and heavy in the hand.
It is simply lined along its length in what is called a ‘Modèle au Filet’.
The piece is in great condition.
It is just a perfect design, typical in its simplicity and purity of lines of the mid 18th century.
The piece show a RM Monogram on the back.
We are here dealing with Poinçons Aux Fermiers Généraux – Hence marks pre dating 1798.
The Poinçon de la Maison Commune shows an U underneath a crown. This mark was used specifically in the year 1783.
While the discharge and discharge mark shows a Crowned A slightly leaning to the right which was used between 1780 and 1791 in Paris.
The Makers Mark is for Louis Julien ANTHIAUME who registered his mark in 1779.