"Sugar Spoon , Sterling Silver, Arles (france), 1765"
Forged and pierced sterling silver
Master silversmith: Gaspard Brunet, cited as silversmith from 1751 to 1768 (at least)
Length: 21.8 cm Diameter of the spoon: 7.2 cm; weight: 100g
Very good state of conservation, coat of arms ungraved.
Spoon with threaded model. The fillet spoon is adorned with a decoration pierced with a rosette of tears and tulips surrounded by a chain of shuttles, then by an alternating frieze of rosettes and shrubs.
Spoon of the Jurande d'Arles depending on the Generalityof Aix-en-Provence whose piecesare particularly rare. It is, to date, the only listed sugar spoon of thisEsward. The work of the goldsmith is particularly neat. Gaspart Brunet did his apprenticeship in Arles with his grandfather Guillaume Igonnet in 1734, to continuefrom 1740 to 1742 with the silversmith Jacques Paulmyer. Companion, he worked with his uncle Sébastien Igonnet in Paris, then in Beaune with Louis Reynier. He became master in 1751 with the realization of his masterpiece, a basting spoon. He deposited his small silversmith's mark in Aix in 1758, then in 1761, he punched for Geneviève Nantet, widow of his former master, we lose his trace thereafter. Among the few works of Arles listed, we know a few pieces by this master, two beakers including one engraved [2, n ° 62], a sugar pot from 1765 [2, n ° 63] a chocolate pot from 1766 [2, n ° 64] and a stewing spoon [2, n ° 65].
Hallmarks: Sub-farmer's charge: doe's head, 1763-1767 (?) [1, p.347 & 2 p.123 n ° 63 “Sugar pot”]; Warden's mark: 65 surmounted by the letters ARL, Arles, 1765 [1, nd.]; mo: G, B surmounted by two points fleurdelized , Gaspard Brunet, master silversmith in Arles from 1751 to at least 1768[1; p.69]
Ref. :  Jourdan-Barry, Raymond: "Les orfèvres de la Généralité d'Aix-en-Provence", F. de Nobele, 1974;  Collective: "L'orfèvrerie civile en Provence au XVIIIe siècle", Exhibition from November 26, 2005 to February 26, 2006, Musée Grobet-Labadié, Museums of Marseille;  Bimbenet-Privat & Furhing: "Orfèvrerie française, La collection Jourdan-Barry", Kugel ed. 2005; Kenber, Bilgi: "Les cuillers à sucre dans l'orfèvrerie francaise du XVIIIe siècle", 2003