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Sugar basket maker

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:47 am
by juantotree

This sugar basket and cover has the marks as pictured, can anybody help me in tracing the maker?

Many Thanks


Re: Sugar basket maker

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:04 am
by JayT
Your sugar basket was made in Paris between 1817-1838 as seen by the silver standard mark of a Minerva head facing left in a circular reserve for 950 standard silver. All parts of the object - base, mounts, lid - should be marked.
The maker was D.G. Garreau, working in Paris at 62, rue du Temple. He specialized in tableware, especially oil cruets. He registered his mark in 1817. No end date is given, but he was mentioned in the Almanach Azur until 1822.
Garreau was the successor of Ambroise Mignerot, who had the same specialty, and also worked at 62 rue du Temple at the end of his career. His working dates were 1800-1818.
The symbol for both makers is a small boat or gondola (une nacelle) with two men inside above the maker’s initials with a pellet below.
Other makers at the 62 rue du Temple address used this symbol through the years: Étienne-Auguste Courtois (1834-1847) and Alphonse Debain (1847-1851). I don’t know what the business connection between these makers was.

See Arminjon, v. I, no. 00877, p. 119; no. 00326, p.73; no. 00088, p. 53; v. II, no. 1159, p. 122.

Hope this helps.

Re: Sugar basket maker

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:04 am
by juantotree
Thanks very much JayT, that is really useful information.


Re: Sugar basket maker

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:13 am
by JayT
My pleasure to help.

Re: Sugar basket maker

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:54 pm
by blakstone
These companies were all successors, continuing until 1895 and all using the same device of "une nacelle". Garreau sold the business in 1834 to Etienne Courtois and retired to Val-de-Marne. Courtois' successor in 1847, Alphonse-François Debain, was Garreau's nephew. (What Courtois' relation, if any, to either man I have not been able to determine.)

Ambroise Mignerot, 1800-1817, 62 rue du Temple
Denis Jean Andres Garreau, 1817-1834, 62 rue du Temple
Etienne Auguste Courtois, 1834-1847, 62 rue du Temple
Alphonse-Francois Debain, 1847-1864, 62 rue du Temple; 140 rue du Temple
Debain & Flamant, 1864-1880, 40 rue du Temple
Flamant & Fils, 1880-1891, 140 rue du Temple
Vve. Flamant & Champenois, 1891-1894, 140 rue du Temple
Leon Champenois, 1894-1895, 140 rue du Temple

Ambroise Mignerot
Born: ca. 1759
Married: Angelique Genevieve Cacheleu (divorced)
Died: 12 Sep 1820, Paris

Denis Jean Andres Garreau
Born: 30 Nov 1781, Moleme, Cote d’Or, son of Jean-Baptiste Garreau & Catherine Lestrat
Married: Marie Catherine Feuillet
Died: 13 Sep 1872, Fontenay-sous-Bois, Val-de-Marne

Etienne Auguste Courtois
Born: ca. 1794, son of Jean-Jacques Marie Courtois & Angelique Thiercellin
Married: 3 Feb 1853, to Adele Francine Cesard
Died: 19 Nov 1861, Paris

Alphonse-Francois Debain
Born: 25 Jan 1816, Paris, son of Francois Theodore Debain & Marie Anne Garreau
Married: 26 Apr 1868, to Marie Louise Fiensterval
Died: 30 Aug 1886, Paris

Louis-Frederic Flamant
Born: 18 Sep 1824, Jouarre, Seine-et-Marne
Married: Aimee Clemence Cocu
Died: 12 Apr 1898, Paris

Louis Victor Flamant
Born: 20 Jan 1855, Paris, son of Louis Frederic Flamant & Aimee Clemence Cocu
Married: 6 Jun 1878, Montevrain, Seine-et-Marne, to Anna Claire Champenois (1855-aft. 1914; Vve. Flamant)
Died: 27 Mar 1891, Paris

Leon Emile Champenois
Born: 4 May 1862, Paris, s.o. Alphonse Charles Champenois & Rosine Seguin
Married: 28 Feb 1891, Paris, to Henriette Marie Robert (b. 1869), d.o. Marie Benjamin Henri Robert & Marie Louise Henriette Soufflot
Died: 19 Mar 1904, Nohant-Vic, Indre

It is worth noting that another Alphonse Debain - Alphonse-Edouard Debain (1851-1916), nephew of Alphonse-Francois Debain - was also a prominent silver maker. He was the successor to Philippe Bertheier (1813-1882) and was succeeded by his son, Edouard Debain (1888-1968). They all used the symbol of a woodcock (later a phoenix).

Re: Sugar basket maker

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:06 pm
by blakstone
Forgot to add that the company, as Leon Champenois, was assumed by Charles Boulanger & Cie, on 5 Apr 1899.

Re: Sugar basket maker

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:10 am
by juantotree
Great information, many thanks