A Rare Antique French Silver Drageoir by Marguerite Picque Neusecourt.
In France we call them ‘Drageoir’ or ‘Confiturier’ – But the only official name is a ‘Confiturier’ (Hence a Jam container), and it turns out that originally, they were only thought of and used as Ceremonial Sugar Bowls.
This lovely Empire Style ‘Drageoir’ showcases a square pedestal with a delicate Greek style carving on the sides while the upper part is lined with a spokes of hearts wreath.
The Drageoir Main register features 4 figural ‘Tableaux’ showing ‘mermaid like’ Cupids holding a flaming torch symbolizing eternal lov.
The Handles are decorated with palm designs and rosettes and the upper fringe of the piece shows papyruses and palms.
The lid is steeply domed with a floral décor, while the Frétel (or Finial) is shaped as a palmetto.
The Drageoir crystal bowl is lined with gadroons and shaped as a ‘vasque’, gorgeous and intact.
The silver gallery is in perfect condition.
The Hallmark is ‘Poinçon au Deuxieme Coq’ (2nd Rooster) -1st title (950/1000) for Paris 1809 -1819
The Makers Mark is for Marguerite PICQUE, Veuve (Widow) NEUSECOURT. It shows a buttercup flower with the letters P, V (for veuve), and N.
Marguerite Picque NEUSECOURT took over her husband’s shop after his passing, but only registered her mark in 1802, then again in 1803 and cancelled at the end of 1809.
The workshop was located 19 rue St Anne in Paris.
We particularly love to come across Women silversmiths as it is not very common for the early 1800.