Lot n° 172
25000 - 35000
Important pot-à-oille, sa doublure, son couvercle et son présentoir
Important silver pot-à-oille, its lining, its lid and its display stand
in silver by Antoine Dutry, Paris, 1780
On a removable pedestal, partly fluted, with a pearled rim, the body plain, riveted with a frieze of vine scrolls and Bacchus heads, the handles in the shape of leopard heads with rings, the lining plain, the lid with a doucine, bordered with laurel leaves and berries, the removable lyre-shaped grip surmounted by a sun, surrounded by a garland of laurel, the display stand on six feet toupie, the fluted gallery, the handles in double cornucopia, the center decorated with acanthus leaves, engraved on all the parts of a large coat of arms surmounted by a crown of marquis (very erased), punches under the body, the lining, the lid and the display stand : charge, jurande (letter R) and master-goldsmith; on the edges: discharge; engraved under the pedestal "DUTRY" and under the display stand "DUTRY F 1781"
L. of the display stand : 48 cm ; L. of the pot-à-oille : 34 cm
Weight: 8322 gr.
Lair-Dubreuil study sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 4 June 1928, lot 30
Sale by the Ader study, Paris, 15 May 1935, lot 10.
Antoine Dutry registered his mark in 1767. He had already worked as a silversmith for more than six years with Maître Rousseau at the Royal Manufacture of Gobelins where he had obtained a certificate from the Marquis de Marigny, Director General of the King's Buildings.
Like many silversmiths he lived at the Pont au Change where he was still mentioned in 1787.
Some pieces of this silversmith are known, let us quote for example a very beautiful teapot with twisted ribs dated 1769 (sale Christie's Paris, December 19, 2007, lot 192), a plain soup tureen on pedestal dated 1773-1774 (sale Joigny Enchères October 21, 2018, lot 202), a marabout coffee pot of 1774-1775 (Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris), several pairs of torches: a pair dated 1778-1779 (étude Ader sale, Paris, 14 April 2017, lot 23), a pair dated 1783-1784 (Sotheby's Paris sale, 26 April 2017, lot 142) , another dated 1781-1785 (Metropolitan Museum of New York) and a silver-mounted horn powder flask dated 1786 (Christie's Monaco sale, 17 June 2000, lot 40).
The most beautiful piece of this silversmith is without doubt the small Japanese lacquer kiosk on three legs with two lids, whose mounts are signed by Dutry 1774-1775, which was part of the collections of Queen Marie-Antoinette, and which is now kept in the Louvre Museum (MR 380 86).
This pot-à-oille is a magnificent example of the Louis XVI style with original leopard-shaped handles. Indeed, animal head handles were common at that time, but it was more traditionally a goat or ram as for example for the service of George III of Great Britain made by the goldsmith sculptor Robert-Joseph Auguste around 1780.
The presence of the horns of plenty and the lyre-shaped grip confirm Dutry's dexterity in the almost sculptural treatment of this piece.
We would like to thank Mr Bernard Causse for his help in writing the notice.
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