Gorgeous Empire French Silver Sugar Casket by ‘Maître Orfèvre’ Ambroise MIGNEROT.
This lovely piece showcases a gorgeous cut out décor of two griffins flanking a central medallion bearing a CL Monogram.
The upper register shows a wave design, as well as a delicate palmetto fringe.
The sugar casket rest on four silver ‘acorns’ feet.
The upper and lower register is beautifully lined with a geometric fringe
The lid is decorated with a fine gadroon, while the finial is in the shape of a dove, resting on a crown of acanthus leaves.
The insert is cobalt white crystal and is in mint condition. The silver details are in perfect condition.
A truly beautiful piece, elegant refined – perfectly Empire!
The Hallmark is ‘1er Coq’ -1st title (950/1000) – 1798 -1809- Paris
A wonderful detail for the collectors: The piece is marked with what is known as a ‘Head of Greek Women’ with the letter P 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.
The Makers Mark is that of Ambroise MIGNEROT.
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 workshop was first located 2 rue Jean Robert, then 62 Rue du Temple. Ambroise MIGNEROT took under his wing a young Denis GARREAU that would later inherit his offices.