A gorgeous and very large 18th Century French Silver Sugar Sifter Spoon by Maître Orfèvre Théodore Joseph Hardy from the City of Lille.
The bowl of the spoon is in beautiful ‘repercé’ motif showing a Rose Window cut out.
The center decorated with teardrops and tulips while the rest of the bowl is decorated with acanthus, cornflower and tulip motifs.
The end of the handle shows a simple double line.
The work is extremely refined and the piece is in very good condition.
The handle bears a B S monogram.
It is just a perfect design. 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.
The Hallmarks are under the Fermiers Généraux régime (the Old Regime) for the city of Lille:
Photo # 7:
On the upper part of the photo you have the City Mark for Lille, a crowned Lys flower, for the year 1767-1768.
On the lower part of the photo you have the Poinçons de Jurande or Lettre Date, showing a crowned Y for Lille for the the year 1767-1768
Our spoon is dated 1767-1768.
Photo # 8:
You have the Makers Mark for Théodore Joseph HARDY showing his initials topped by a crown.
Hardy was born on September 8th 1744 in Lille. He registered his Master Mark on December 17th 1767.
After the French Revolution he would go on to re register under the new Regime on November 29th 1798. He passed away on July 26th 1806.