Please help me to identify French maker's mark

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Silvestre
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Please help me to identify French maker's mark

Postby Silvestre » Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:37 am

Hello everyone. My name is Silvestre, from Brazil. It's my first time here.
Could you please help me identifying the silvermaker and any other info you might have about this french coffepot?
Thank you all in advance.
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JayT
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Re: Please help me to identify French maker's mark

Postby JayT » Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:44 am

Hello and welcome to the forum!
Your coffee pot in the Neoclassical style was made in Paris of 950 standard silver as seen by the silver standard mark of a walking cock in an octagonal reserve with a border, and the guarantee mark of a Minerva head facing right in a circular reserve. These marks were in use 1809-1819.
The maker was J.A. Berel, hollowware maker, working at 24 rue des Fossés-St-Germain. He registered his mark 1810-1811. No end date is given, but there is mention of him in the Almanach Azur until 1822. Berel was the successor of Marie-Joseph-Gabriel Genu’s widow, working at the same address until 1811.

See Arminjon, v. 1, no. 01503, p. 171, and no. 02652, p. 267.

Marie-Joseph-Gabriel Genu descended from a long line of silversmiths, going back to Claude Genu (registered 1715), Jean-François Genu (1754) and Jean-Claude Genu (1766), who eventually established himself in Saint Petersburg in 1785. His son, Marie-Joseph-Gabriel had been a well-known maker of quality silver (la belle argenterie) in pre-Revolutionary times. He registered his mark on 31 December 1788, and is listed as active until 1806.

See Nocq, v. II, p. 232-233.

Regards.

Silvestre
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Re: Please help me to identify French maker's mark

Postby Silvestre » Mon Jul 27, 2020 2:58 pm

Wow, you guy know your stuff.

Thank you so much for supplying the information. That's very kind of you.
Best regards.

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Re: Please help me to identify French maker's mark

Postby JayT » Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:45 pm

My pleasure to help. Enjoy your coffee pot! It is from a fine workshop.
As another fun fact, MJG Genu was a supplier to Martin-Guillaume Biennais, Napoleon’s silversmith.


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