Lovely 18th Century French Silver And Cristal Sugar Bowl by Etienne Modeux.
This lovely sugar bowl, has an oval frame in silver decorated to mirror a colonnade with geometric silver designs.
The lid is topped with a Raspberry Finial. The body of the sugar bowl rests on four pillar shaped small feet.
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…
The Marks are strikingly crisp and beautiful on it:
Photo # 7:
The Year Hallmark or Poincon Jurande is a Crowned P used by Fermier General (Tax collector in essence) Henri Clavel in Paris starting July 12th 1786 (Notice the tiny 88 right below the crown…)
We also show on the same photo 2 interlaced L which is the ‘Charge’ Mark for smaller silver objects used by Fermier General Henry Clavel starting 1782.
We also have (not pictured) the ‘Discharge’ mark (Meaning the object was ready to be sold and taxes were paid) of an Oak leaf used from February 23rd 1789 to the Start of the French Revolution on May 5th 1789.
Due to the P marked with 88, we know the object was produced by Etienne Modeux at the end of 1788.
Photo # 8:
We have the EM Mark with a crowned fleur de Lys, and a Saint Esprit or Holy spirit symbol, registered by Etienne MODEUX on August 2nd 1777, in Paris and used until May 1789.