Fine & rare 18th century set of 6 French latten (brass) spoons, circa 1725

Fine & rare 18th century set of 6 French latten (brass) spoons, circa 1725
Fine & rare 18th century set of 6 French latten (brass) spoons, circa 1725
Fine & rare 18th century set of 6 French latten (brass) spoons, circa 1725
Fine & rare 18th century set of 6 French latten (brass) spoons, circa 1725
Fine & rare 18th century set of 6 French latten (brass) spoons, circa 1725
Fine & rare 18th century set of 6 French latten (brass) spoons, circa 1725
Fine & rare 18th century set of 6 French latten (brass) spoons, circa 1725
Fine & rare 18th century set of 6 French latten (brass) spoons, circa 1725
Fine & rare 18th century set of 6 French latten (brass) spoons, circa 1725
Fine & rare 18th century set of 6 French latten (brass) spoons, circa 1725
Fine & rare 18th century set of 6 French latten (brass) spoons, circa 1725
Fine & rare 18th century set of 6 French latten (brass) spoons, circa 1725

Fine & rare 18th century set of 6 French latten (brass) spoons, circa 1725
Century set of 6 French latten (brass) spoons, circa 1725. Please register my store/page in your favorites, for a fine range of 14th to 19th century period metalwork, lighting & other pieces, all guaranteed, as to age, condition & origin. Read all my terms of sale. Pieces in group photos are for comparison. My collections & some of Ellys.

New arrivals can be viewed. Im an antiques dealer, & exhibit at UK antiques shows; my associate in France is an expat American historian of European Decorative Arts & guest museum curator, with 44 years of advanced experience. They end because they sell directly to visitors.

Group photos will give you a slight idea of the depth of my collections, and Elly's inventory - keep watching this page. There are enormous voids in published references for many categories of Western Decorative Arts, particularly from the Anglo-American perspective Northern, Central & Eastern Europe are largely ignored and for post-Renaissance Mediterranean Decorative Arts, it is even worse. When was the last time you saw a book on Greek, Italian, Southern French, Spanish or Portuguese post-Renaissance domestic metalwork, or "country" furniture? The lack of reliable reference books, combined with the great difficulty of tracking down the legion of articles published in obscure journals, is beyond frustrating.

Is a corruption of the French word for brass; also, an old English term for brass (and spoons in particular) prior to about 1700. I have been collecting French latten spoons for more than 16 years, & have yet to find a decent reference on the subject in France, they are arbitrarily assigned dates spanning nearly three centuries, and attributed to different regions.

However, they are often referred to as being from Normandy, and do indeed turn up in Normandy or Brittany with greater frequency than other parts of France. I believe that early French latten spoons could mark the first appearance of the "modern" form of base-metal spoon: based on fabrication, color of metal, & distribution, they were largely made in coastal western France, and primarily date from the late 17. Century: those preceding were largely bronze or pewter, and of the more-familiar forms with either figurative or turned handle terminations, or simple Medieval to Renaissance types.

I very actively collect early French metalwork that is signed, or engraved with protective motifs, and as can be seen in photo # 4, I own quite a few large decorated skimmers & ladles, dating from (about) 1680 to 1780 - many are made from the same unusual brass alloy as French latten spoons when polished, the color is a startlingly bright yellow-gold. I own 80 or so French latten spoons in my collection however, even pairs are rare - and I've seen almost no sets of six for sale in France. In this rare set (assembled) bear any trace of tinning: what not widely known is that archaeologists have thoroughly established that tinning was used as early as the Bronze Age - exclusively for its decorative effect. French antiques that were tinned include not only base-metal kitchen utensils, but also wrought or sheet iron lamps, at least as early as the 17. In the post-Renaissance context, this could well have been a "poor man's" way of owning pieces superficially resembling silver tinned hanging fat lamps (of which I own several) would have certainly stood out from their darkened corner recesses.

Spoons with original tinning are surprisingly rarer than those that are hallmarked (photo 9); the triffid-ended spoon (not for sale) is unique in my experience, as is its hallmark, with three tiny spoons! The spoon rack is 17. Handle terminations, lengths & bowl widths of these early spoons are nearly never identical, which makes it impossible to say whether sets - or even pairs are assembled, or have always been together. Pairs were often wedding presentation gifts, and (very rarely) bear the newlywed's initials or names. This is an assembled set, but two spoons came together, and appear to have never been used their condition is phenomenal.

What is not terribly visible in the photos is the very high degree of hand-finishing that went into these some bowls have both extensive longitudinal "planing" and extremely fine hand-hammering; others show mostly longitudinal "planing". We are independently listed with the.

Under France, you will find me listed twice the first time is as the founder of record of the. Is outstanding, but as described, and as-seen.

Two spoons show virtually no signs of use the others have the usual wear one expects of early metalwork. Photos are high resolution use magnification for viewing details. Please ask, if you wish more. New Bedford Museum of Glass.

Variable - 6 & 3/4 17.1 cm. To 7 & 1/4 18.4 cm. : bowl widths average about 1 & 1/2 3.8 cm.

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Depending on the size of the parcel. UK checks, or bank drafts, & all bank transfers accepted. My business associate is an expatriate American historian of Decorative Arts, a published antiques editor & writer, guest curator, certified appraiser, & internationally respected authority in early glass, lighting, metalwork, sculpture, period furniture & other categories. He has placed pieces with French & US museums, including the Smithsonian, & assists me with acquisitions, research & texts. We are separate and private, academic collectors, looking to defray the costs of advancing with our own collections. Residing in the European Union, and is available for expertise or arbitration. We are independently listed with. Josef is an extensively published expert with ongoing academic & commercial commissions, including forthcoming books. We fiercely protect our Intellectual Property rights and in court, when necessary. The item "Fine & rare 18th century set of 6 French latten (brass) spoons, circa 1725" is in sale since Friday, May 3, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Metalware". The seller is "etb2011" and is located in Limousin Region. This item can be shipped worldwide.
Fine & rare 18th century set of 6 French latten (brass) spoons, circa 1725


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