This magnificent collection of 18th century silver will include pieces made by the best French silversmiths both from Paris and the provinces. This collection was started in the 1950s by Raymond Jourdan-Barry, who wrote a seminal book on Aix en Provence and Marseilles silver, and widely enriched by his son Pierre’s collecting. Among the Parisian makers will be offered a superb silver-gilt ecuelle by Thomas Germain in 1722.
Germain is the most famous maker in the Paris 18th century, who introduced the Rococo style in silver having lived in Rome for many years. The piece shown here is the earliest one known by this maker, while other pieces by his son François-Thomas Germain and different famous makers such as Balzac, Chéret, Filassier, J. B. de Lens and Rougemaille appear in this sale. All of the French provincial towns reputed for the quality of their silversmiths are included in this auction: Lille (Pacot), Toulouse (Samson), Strasburg (Imlin, Oertel) and Bayonne (J Delanne). Ewers and basins, beakers, olive spoons, 16th and 17th century flatware, ecuelles, candelabra, wedding cups, sugar bowls are offered together with a rare collection of silver and silver-gilt 18th century boxes.