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Olive Spoons: An Auction Favorite

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Mediterranean in origin, the olive spoon is regularly in the spotlight at auction.

€33,280Limoges, first half of 18th century. Silver olive spoon, single flat model... Olive Spoons: An Auction Favorite

€33,280
Limoges, first half of 18th century. Silver olive spoon, single flat model engraved with coat of arms, master silversmith Pierre André Latache (admitted in 1720), l. 30.7 cm/12 in. Paris, Drouot, February 4, 2021. Ader auction house. Ms. Badillet.

At the end of the 17th century, a certain refinement was added to the pleasures of eating. Individual cutlery was now provided by the hosts themselves and serving utensils become much more prevalent. After the tablespoon was invented in antiquity, silversmiths developed different-sized models designed with specific purposes—for serving sugar, mustard, salt, marrow, punch and so on. This is how the olive spoon appeared, it was derived from the stew spoon, but fitted with a longer handle. Hallmarked in all the silversmith's workshops in the kingdom, it featured the same characteristics every time: a decorated oval spoon pierced to drain the brine in which olives were pickled (they were too bitter to be consumed directly).

This was a very fashionable type of cutlery in the 18th century and was found in the main regions of the Kingdom of France
€4,900Narbonne, mid-18th century. Silver olive spoon, model with threads, coat of arms engraved on the spatula and pierced section, master

€4,900
Narbonne, mid-18th century. Silver olive spoon, model with threads, coat of arms engraved on the spatula and pierced section, master silversmith François Duran (admitted before 1731).
Paris, Drouot, April 13, 2016. L'Huillier & Associés auction house. MsBadillet.


 

 €1,524Nancy, 1765-1771. Silver olive spoon, single flat model, master silversmith Antoine François Platel (admitted in 1738), l. 28 cm/11
 €1,524
Nancy, 1765-1771. Silver olive spoon, single flat model, master silversmith Antoine François Platel (admitted in 1738), l. 28 cm/11 in.
Paris, Drouot, October 23, 2019. Beaussant Lefèvre auction house. Émeric & Stephen Portier.
€14,080Montpellier, probably 1678. Silver olive spoon, single flat model, emblazoned spatula, master silversmith Jean I Freboul (admitted

€14,080
Montpellier, probably 1678. Silver olive spoon, single flat model, emblazoned spatula, master silversmith Jean I Freboul (admitted in 1666), l. 24 cm/9.4 in.
Paris, Drouot, February 4, 2021. Ader auction house. Ms. Badillet.

€1,013Paris, 1767-1768. Silver olive spoon, model with threads and shell, master silversmith Charles-François Lautran (admitted in 1762),

€1,013
Paris, 1767-1768. Silver olive spoon, model with threads and shell, master silversmith Charles-François Lautran (admitted in 1762), l. 28 cm/11 in.
Paris, Drouot, April 10, 2019. Fraysse & Associés auction house.

€1,365 Le Mans, 1735. Silver olive spoon, single flat model, the bowl with openwork tears and diamond-shaped motifs, weight 15 g/0.53 oz.P

€1,365
Le Mans, 1735. Silver olive spoon, single flat model, the bowl with openwork tears and diamond-shaped motifs, weight 15 g/0.53 oz.
Paris, Drouot, December 9, 2019. Millon auction house. Mr. Pomez.

€6,510 Béziers, 1752-1756. Silver olive spoon, model with threads and shells, coat of arms on the spatula, master silversmith André Tudier

€6,510
Béziers, 1752-1756. Silver olive spoon, model with threads and shells, coat of arms on the spatula, master silversmith André Tudier (admitted in 1739), l. 30.5 cm/12 in.
Paris, Drouot, December 6, 2017. Jean-Marc Delvaux auction house. Ms de Noblet.

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