An absolutely lovely Antique French Silver and Crystal ‘Drageoir’ by ‘Maitre Orfèvre’ SJ DUPEZARD.
In France we call them ‘Drageoir’ or ‘Confiturier’, but the only official name is a ‘Confiturier’ (Hence a Jam container), and it is widely thought that, originally, they were only used as Ceremonial Sugar Bowls.
The Details on this piece are lovely!
The Scenes represented are taken from the Greek Mythology and symbolize marriage and love.
The upper register on the main body shows 4 designs – 2 of each kind on opposite sides.
The main one is a dancing couple dressed in ancient Greek clothing, holding hands. The draping of the cloth is just exquisite!
The second design is a Caduceus: which is the instrument of the God Hermes, and symbolizes alchemy or the binding of souls. Of course it was later used to represent healing and prediction, and finally to symbolize medicine.
The very upper register is delicately carved with a geometrical lace wreath, which is found again on the four sides of the pedestal.
The lower register of the main body is decorated with cupid arrows and light palm fringes.
The handles are made of an acanthus leaf scroll and a rosette.
The square pedestal rests on four charming pair of feet’s! The feet probably hark back to Hermes, who is the messenger of the Gods.
The finial shows two Caryatids, dressed in the Phoenician way, with their hair braided along their face and falling in curls.
There is a tiny loss that may have happened right after the piece was created. One of the arrows on the lower register has a little bunching of silver and is missing the end of the tip – It is nearly invisible unless you really look for it.
The bowl insert is white crystal with ‘facets’, it is original and in perfect condition.
A absolutely lovely piece! Rare to find as DUPEZARD was definitely not as prolific in Drageoir’s, as Denis Garreau would later be.
The Hallmark is 2ieme Coq -1st title (950/1000) – 1809 -1819- Paris
The Makers Mark is for SJ DUPEZARD and shows an SJD.
Dupezard registered his mark in 1809 and cancelled it in 1822.
He held shop in Paris, 32 rue de la Bucherie.