A Lovely 18th Century French Silver Sugar Sifter Spoon by Maître Orfèvre Jean Christophe Duru.
The bowl of the spoon is in beautiful ‘reperce’ motif showing a Rose Window cut out.
The handle is simply and elegantly double lined.
The bowl is decorated with a special piercing decoration.
A rosette and two blades are the structural elements of the decoration, consisting of numerous motifs among which we recognize palmettes, four leaves, tulips and forked leaves.
The Model is close to the #1 Model possible in Paris, though the central motif is a little more sophisticated.
The work is very refined and the piece is in gorgeous condition.
The design is typical of the 18th century.
Our spoon is a near perfect match to the Jean Christophe Duru spoon listed and photographed on Page 125 of Bilgi Kender’s wonderful book: ‘Les Cuillers A Sucre’
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 the French Revolution:
Starting with photo # 5: We have the Poincon de Jurande for Paris October 14th 1747 to August 12th 1748, which shows a crowned G.
Photo # 6: We have the Poincon de Charge used for Paris Starting October 1744 under Fermier general Antoine Leschaudel.
Photo # 7 we have the Poinçon de Decharge for Paris: A bird’s head facing left that was used from October 1st 1744 until September 30th 1749 under Fermier General (Tax collector if you will) Antoine Leschaudel.
The Makers Mark, shown photo number 8 is for Maitre Orfèvre Jean Christophe DURU who registered his mark August 7th 1721.
He passed away on July 15th 1752.
Our spoon is a near 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 125.