A Lovely Louis XVI French Silver and Cobalt Crystal Sugar Casket by ‘Maitre Orfèvre’ Pierre Louis LOQUE.
The silver framework, which holds the cobalt blue crystal, is delicately cut away to reveal the darker color enhancing the whole effect and outlining the lovely carvings.
On the four sides side of the casket we have 4 medallions with same floral décor of laurel leaves, rose garlands and ribbons, which surrounds a center medallion. On the front and back side, two charming putti surround the medallions, with fruit garlands on the side.
The details on the leaves and fruits are beautiful and the photos you will see barely make it justice!
The four registers are separated by fruit decorated pillars.
The lid is decorated with geometric gadroons and topped by a beautiful berry resting on an acanthus leaf bed.
The handles are decorated with acanthus leaves and rosettes.
The cobalt crystal interior is original to the piece and in perfect condition.
The silver container does show some age marks.
The Hallmarks are under the Fermiers Généraux régime:
Photo # 5: You have the Crowned T Poinçons de Jurande or Lettre Date 1782 Mark used under Fermier Général Henri Clavel.
Photo # 6: We have the double intertwined LL used under the same Henri Clavel as a Charge Mark starting August 31st 1782
Photo # 7: You have the man’s face looking left used as a Discharge Mark starting August 31st 1782 under Clavel.
Photo # 8: You have the Makers Mark for Pierre Louis LOQUE showing his initials topped by a crowned Fleur de Lys with a Swan.
Pierre Louis Loque was one of only 23 Master Silversmith who were confirmed on August 26th 1779. He registered his Maker’s Mark on September 6th 1779 with Nicolas Rigal as his mentor.
His address was listed subsequently as Cour Lamoignon in 1782, Pont au Change from 1783 to 1785 and rue Grenetat from 1786 to 1789. We loose his trace after the start of the French