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    Sale 7441

    Important Silver

    29 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 639

    A FRENCH PROVINCIAL SILVER BOOK-STAND

    MARK OF A MAÎTRE ABONNÉ C?/G STRUCK THREE TIMES ONLY, CIRCA 1740

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH PROVINCIAL SILVER BOOK-STAND
    MARK OF A MAÎTRE ABONNÉ C?/G STRUCK THREE TIMES ONLY, CIRCA 1740
    The hinged support pierced with foliage scrolls and fleurs-de-lis, centring a further fleurs-de-lis below a coronet, on scroll edged panel feet, marked on frame
    15 in. (38 cm.) wide
    107 oz. (3,330 gr.)
    The cypher and coronet would appear to be for a prince of Royal blood.


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    The maître abonnés were silversmiths who worked in provincial towns some way from the Maison Commune. Due to the difficulties of transporting plate to and from the centres of assay they were excused from submitting their work on the payment of an annual fee. They struck their work two or three times with their maître abonné mark.

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    Provenance

    Arturo Lopez-Willshaw; Sotheby's Monaco, 20 June 1992, lot 6