Gorgeous Antique French Silver and Vermeil Drageoir by Maitre Orfèvre Jean Joseph Baudet.
In France we call them ‘Drageoir’ or ‘Confiturier’ – But the only official name is a ‘Confiturier’ (Hence a Jam container), and it turns out that originally they were only thought of and used as Ceremonial Sugar Bowls.
This Stunning piece is decorated in the Louis XVI Style.
The Drageoir features a vine garland with three heads of Bacchus the roman God of Wine Agriculture and Fertility, surrounding the main part of the ‘Drageoir’. In Greek Mythology he was known as Dionysus and was known as the God of Fertility first, then later of Pleasure, Mirth and Wine …
This gorgeous ‘Drageoirs’ feature a tripod shape ending in ram’s hooves and resting on a round pedestal with a lovely cut-out gallery surrounding it.
The lid is superb! Standing proudly is a charming Greyhound holding a medallion, waiting for initials, it is also engraved with a beautiful vine garland.
The solid silver liner is removable and gilded.
The piece is just breathtaking…
An exceptional find, just beautiful!
The lid shows a monogram with BG.
It is truly a collectors piece!
The Hallmark is 1er Coq or 1st Rooster-1st title (950/1000) – 1798 -1809 – Paris
But it also shows the 2nd Jeanette Unofficial Mark for the Association of the Goldsmiths used from 1795 to 1797 before the Marks were allowed once again after the end of the French Revolution.
It shows the head of a woman with a 1 on her right-hand side.
This piece was hence started between 1795 and 1797 and was finished by 1809
The Makers Mark is for Maitre Orfèvre Jean Joseph BAUDET.
It shows his three initials topped by a Forge Bellows.
His Mark was registered the first time on July 13th, 1782, before the beginning of the French Revolution. He re-registered after the French Revolution with the Makers Mark shown here.
His workshop was then located at the Marché Neuf in Paris.