Set of two silver-covered salt cellars and pepperpots. Oval pattern resting on scrolling feet and engraved with double alliance of coats of arms, stamped with knight's helmet. The lids feature shells.
(Small dents, primarily in the bases and slight wear).
For the set: AVIGNON before 1764.
Master silversmith: Ambroise MEZANGEAU (maker's mark cited: Les orfèvres d'Avignon et du Comtat Venaissin by Claude CASSAN, p. 39-40).
The shell lids of the pepper pots bear a maker's mark of the 18th century as well that may be attributed to either those of the city of Marseilles (circa 1750-1756), or of Carcassonne (circa 1745) and features a standing lion. This may be explained by the fact that the lids were executed later than the salt cellars and in another city in southern France. The city of Marseilles is more plausible considering that many spices were delivered during the 18th century, when the city was open to trade from Mediterranean and colonial commodities.
Overall weight: 326 g (11-1/2 oz.).
Length: 80 mm (3 in.).
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- Expertissim Reference: 230909