A Lovely and Delicate Antique French Silver Sugar Sifter Spoon by Maitre Orfèvre Germain Chayé
The bowl of the spoon is in beautiful ‘repercé’ motif showing a Rose Window cut out.
The handle is simply and elegantly double lined.
The bowl is decorated with a special piercing decoration.
The handle is a double lined model. The threaded spoon bowl is decorated with a Paris Type V piercing decoration with rosette, pins and foliage scrolls called ‘rinceaux’ in French.
The scrolls are separated by 4 leaves motifs while tulip and forked leaves motifs line the border
The work is very refined and the piece is in gorgeous condition.
The design is typical of the early to mid 18th century.
Lovely to use to sprinkle sugar over fresh strawberries per example!
The width given above is that of the spoon’s bowl.
We are here dealing with Poinçons Aux Fermiers Généraux – Hence marks pre dating 1798.
Starting with photo number 6: we have the Poinçon de Charge for Paris: A Crowned A that was used from October 1st 1762 until September 31st 1768 under Fermier General (Tax collector if you will) Jean Jacques Prévost.
Not shown is the Tete de Braque or Dog’s head discharge used for small silver objects between 1762 and 1768.
Photo number 7: Shows the Poinçon de Jurande for Paris, crowned B, July 12th 1765, which ended on July 11th 1766.
The Spoon would hence have been finished by 1766.
The Makers Mark, shown photo number 8 is for Maitre Orfèvre Germain Chayé who registered his mark in 1755 after apprenticing under Rémy Chatria and Dargent.
He passed away on June 21st 1777.
Charles François LAUTRAN was one of Paris best known spoon makers…
Our spoon is a match with the one shown in Bilgi KENDER’s and François Baudequin’s wonderful book ‘Les Cuillers à Sucre dans l’Orfèvrerie Française du XVIIIième. Page 136.