French Teapot and Cream Jug

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French Teapot and Cream Jug

Postby MGArgent » Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:10 pm

Hi Forum,

I recently purchased a teapot and cream jug from a well known online auction site (it is currently still in transit). It was described as being a silver-plated teapot and cream jug with an unidentified JG maker's mark.

After some research, I believe I have identified the maker mark as being that of Jean Granvigne. According to a previous topic, he was active in Paris from 1868-c1889 (https://www.925-1000.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=21083).

Images of the teapot and cream jug:
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Tastevin attributed to Jean Granvigne with the same mark:
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Yesterday, I found a nearly identical tea service which sold through a French auction house in 2013:

French auction description:
Service à thé et café en argent comprenant une théière, une cafetiere, un sucrier, un pot a lait, à motif guilloché et pointillé, frises de fleurs stylisées. anses géométriques en argent ciselé, guilloché, boulé et surmontées de fleur stylisé et feuillage. Frétels à motifs de coupe et flamme. Portent le poinçon du Maître orfèvre. Poinçon Minerve. XIXe siècle. Le plateau en métal argenté assorti. Deux anses à filets noués. Signé CHRISTOFLE. Usures, chocs. Poids total des pièces en argent: 2310 g.

English translation:
Silver tea and coffee service including a teapot, a coffee maker, a sugar bowl, a milk jug, with a guilloche and dotted pattern, friezes of stylized flowers. geometric handles in chiseled silver, guilloché, boulé and surmounted by stylized flower and foliage. Fretels with cut and flame patterns [I believe this was mistranslated and should actually read 'finials with cup and flame']. Bear the hallmark of the master silversmith. Minerva hallmark. XIXth century. The matching silver metal tray. Two handles with knotted nets. Signed CHRISTOFLE. Wear, shocks. Total weight of silver coins: 2310 g.

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Considering the 'master silversmith' from the French auction is not named, I am wondering if it is likely these sets were both produced by Jean Granvigne, or there is another explanation such as this being a common/mass produced design that was replicated by several makers?

Any additional information would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: French Teapot and Cream Jug

Postby MGArgent » Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:21 pm

Following up with some supplemental history that may be of interest:

The description in the online auction for the silver-plated teapot and cream jug mentioned that they were packaged in a crate with a plaque inscribed "Presented by A. Garon Duluth 1926".

After some additional sleuthing, I am presuming this to be Abe Garon, of Garon Bros. Jewelers from Duluth, Minnesota.

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Re: French Teapot and Cream Jug

Postby MGArgent » Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:26 pm

Updating that the teapot and milk/cream jug arrived earlier this week and are of a good weight at 1109g (total). They are both marked with JG and grapevine/vinestock for Jean Granvigne, but also with the French 1st standard Minerva (0.950 fineness) which was not shown in the auction listing.

I am still searching for information regarding the similarity between this set and the set sold in 2013, whether they were both made by Jean Granvigne or if there is another explanation. I will provide another update if I find anything of interest.

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Re: French Teapot and Cream Jug

Postby JayT » Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:07 am

Here are some comments on your teapot and milk jug:

-Yes they are by Jean Granvigne. His production is known for quality. He was a jobber/wholesaler, making silver to specification for such well-known houses as Odiot, his main customer.
-As the service that was sold earlier indicates, he also made patterns of his own design that were purchased by retailers or middlemen.
-I see no reason to think that the 2 services were not by the same maker, but to be sure you’d have to see the marks on the first service.

Good luck in your research.

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Re: French Teapot and Cream Jug

Postby MGArgent » Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:57 pm

Thank you JayT, I appreciate the confirmation of Jean Granvigne and the additional information on him!

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Re: French Teapot and Cream Jug

Postby JayT » Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:28 am

My pleasure!

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Re: French Teapot and Cream Jug

Postby blakstone » Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:11 pm

Jean Granvigne

Born: 12 Mar 1822, Bordeaux, Gironde, son of Jean Granvigne & Louise Souseleys
Married: Josephine Eugenie Peltier (Paris 1830 - 1904 Paris), daughter of Jean Baptiste Peliter & Anne Josephine gout
Died: 7 Jul 1885, Lormaye, Eure-et-Loire
Buried: Pere Lachaise, Paris

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Re: French Teapot and Cream Jug

Postby MGArgent » Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:43 am

Excellent, I appreciate the follow up blakstone! This should allow for narrowing the date range of Jean Granvigne pieces to 1868-1885. Many thanks!


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