A Lovely 18th Century French Vermeil or Gilt Silver Sugar Sifter Spoon.
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 work is very refined and the piece is in gorgeous condition.
The design is typical of the 18th century.
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.
Most of the Marks are quite faded by the Discharge Mark is still clear.
Pictured Photo #7 it shows a Hen’s head facing left and is the discharge Mark used stating October 1st 1750 under Fermier Général Julien Berthe in Paris.
It ended on September 30th 1756.
Hence we can say that the work on the Spoon was finished by September 1756 latest, and ready to be sold at that point.
The Makers Mark is unfortunately much too erased to be read.