A Gorgeous and Rare Antique French Silver Drageoir by Marguerite PICQUE NEUSECOURT, the widow of Noël NEUSECOURT.
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 lovely Empire Style ‘Drageoir’ showcases a rare round pedestal with a beautifully carved out stylized acanthus leaves terrace.
The lower register of the terrace is carved with tiny repoussé details giving a lovely shine.
The Drageoir bowl is lined with gadroons and shaped as a ‘vasque’.
A floral scroll occupies the centre register while the upper level shows a four leaves palm fringe enclosed in a geometric pattern.
The handles end in gorgeous lion heads.
The lid is Dome shaped, with a very simple round finial held in place by a silver wrap.
The edge of the lid is delicately lined with a ‘repoussé’ frieze that matches the one found on the upper level of the main bowl as well at the foot of the pedestal.
The cobalt blue insert is in perfect condition with no chips or scratches. The silver gallery is in perfect condition.
The Hallmark is ‘Poinçon au Premier Coq’ (1st Rooster) -1st title (950/1000) for Paris 1798 -1809
The Makers Mark is for Marguerite PICQUE, Veuve (Widow) NEUSECOURT. It show a buttercup flower with the letters P, V (for veuve), and N.
Marguerite Picque NEUSECOURT took over her husband’s shop after his passing, but only registered her mark in 1802, and cancelled it in 1803.
Hence this lovely piece can be precisely dated between 1802 and 1803.
The workshop was located 19 rue St Anne in Paris.