29 November 2007,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 36,500
Estimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 50,000
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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Arturo Lopez-Willshaw; Sotheby's Monaco, 20 June 1992, lot 6
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