A Rare very early 18th Century French Silver personal Stoup by Jacques François Ghisbrecht from Lille.
The cross is plain and surmounted by the titulus ‘INRI’, it features a Christ in the finely carved ‘Ronde bosse’.
It is flanked by two cherubs standing on foliage and garlands of flowers, while holding palms.
The small circular stoup has gadroons and laurel leaves on the body and the lid, which has a flap that ends with a seed-shaped finial.
A beautiful piece that would have graced a personal altar.
The Hallmarks are under the Fermiers Généraux régime (the Old Regime) for the city of Lille:
Photo # 7:
You have the Poinçon de Jurande or Lettre Date, showing a crowned G for Lille for the the year 1715-1716
You will notice the crown has been struck or erased voluntarily. During the French Revolution all symbols on remaining silver items had to have the Royal symbols destroyed. Hence the erasing of the crown.
Our spoon is dated 1715-1716.
Photo # 8:
You have the Makers Mark for Jacques François Ghisbrecht showing an I (the J in 18th century France was written as an I) and a F with a G underneath, separated by a Crowned Fleur de Lys.
As for the Jurande Mark, the Crowned Fleur de Lys was erased by hand voluntarily during the French Revolution.
Jacques François Ghisbrecht was born in 1670 in Lille. His uncle Charles Ghisbrecht (1652-1729) was also a Master Silversmith.
Jacques François registered his Master Mark on December 9th 1704 in Lille.
In the Written Records of Lille for Jacques François we mostly have orders for religious items, to the exception of a pair of salt cellars delivered in 1738.
Jacques François Ghisbrecht passed away and was buried on January 28th 1748 in the Parish of Saint Etienne.
Today we know of 5 pieces of his making still in existence.
Our Standing Stoup is featured page 76 of Les Orfèvres de Lille Volume 1.