I need help to identify the Maker of a French box, please

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C.J.
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I need help to identify the Maker of a French box, please

Postby C.J. » Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:00 am

Hello,

I'm trying for sometime to identify the maker of this French box. Can someone give me some ideas, please?

Thanks and regards,

CJ

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Re: I need help to identify the Maker of a French box, please

Postby blakstone » Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:43 pm

Claude Louis Jonquoy

Born: 8 Oct 1788, Paris, son of Claude Jonquoy & Marie Victoire Nicole Escur
Married: 15 Mar 1813, to Marie Madeleine Boissard
Died: 12 Mar 1861, Paris

He was a silversmith specializing in snuffboxes, and registered six marks between 1818/19 and 1846, the last being cancelled on 2 Feb 1849, when he retired and was succeeded by Edme Picard. His mark was CJ with a crown and one crescent above and two below (changing to two above and one below in 1846.)

Of (perhaps ghoulish) interest is that his father, Claude Jonquoy, a tablettiere, was a victim of the Terror, guillotined on 28 thermidor an II [14 Aug 1794].

Hope this helps!

Ref: Arminjon I:709

C.J.
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Re: I need help to identify the Maker of a French box, please

Postby C.J. » Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:35 pm

Thank you very much, really appreciate it, Blakstone. That was really helpful! Even that info regarding his father. That, maybe explain a bit the 1793 mark...

Regards,
C.J.

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Re: I need help to identify the Maker of a French box, please

Postby blakstone » Sat Aug 15, 2020 5:01 pm

You're welcome. I assume by "the 1793 mark" you mean the Greek Woman's head with the letter "P". It is a persistent error that this mark was used only in the late 18th century; see this thread - Antique Oil and Vinegar Set - for more information. The mark is known to have appeared on pieces up to the 1830s. Your piece - dating to 1819-1838 with the "Vieillard" first standard mark and the "Masque" Parisian medium guarantee mark - is a perfect example of this.


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