A Truly charming Pair of Silver and Crystal Salt Cellars by Maître Orfèvre Pierre Antoine Famechon.
In the traditional oval form, they rest on four flower decorated feet, while the body is chiseled with Cherubs hanging garlands of fruits and flowers between pilasters.
In the middle of each side a sweet medallion awaits the owner’s initials.
Typical of Louis the XVI’s time this décor is timeless and charming.
The fact that it was done during the last part of his reign adds of course to the value.
The crystal interiors are in good shape.
As usual the particularity of this piece apart from its lovely aspect is the fact that it pre dates the French Revolution by 1 years.
Hence the fact that it avoided destruction during that period is always a wonder…
Photo # 5: You have the Crowned P Poinçons de Jurande or Lettre Date 1787 Mark used under Fermier Général Henri Clavel starting July 1787.
Photo # 6: You have the double L used under the same Henri Clavel as a Charge Mark starting August 31st 1782.
Photo # 7: You have the Parrot face used as a Discharge Mark starting March 7th 1786 under the same Henri Clavel.
Photo # 8: You have the Makers Mark for Maître Orfèvre Pierre Antoine FAMECHON showing his initials topped by a crowned Fleur de Lys with a Saint Esprit below with 2 dots surrounding the fleur de lys.
Famechon registered his Mark on July 20th 1785 with Master Silversmith Francois Corby as his godfather.
He is listed first Cour Lamoignon until 1788 then rue de la Calandre.