29 JANUARY – 5 FEBRUARY 2023

BRUSSELS EXPO | HEYSEL

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d'Arschot & Cie

Silver covered ecuelle
Liege, reign of Joseph Clement of Bavaria, 1702
Silversmith Gérard De Bèche
Coat of arms of François Guillaume Baron de Warnant (1670-1711)
W 27.2 cm - Weight: 738 gr

Covered ecuelle are very rare in Liege silver production and this sample is one of the oldest known, as it was made during the reign of Louis XIV, in 1702. The work on the lid is remarkable with its radiating ornamentation, which consists of applique decoration, enhanced by engravings, and bordered by gadroons. The three most common types of decoration used by silversmiths in the early years of the 18th century are thus found on the same piece, which is undoubtedly a demonstration of virtuosity. The same decorative complexity is found on both handles. Coat of arms of the Barons de Warnant family, probably that of François Guillaume Baron de Warnant (1670-1711), canon of the noble Chapter of Saint Lambert in Liege. This cup has never been published and has remained in a private collection by descent to this day.