Rare silver-gilt covered drageoir and its tray
Rare silver-gilt covered drageoir and its tray
With coat of arms of Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans
Object N° 1609

Circular in shape resting on a pedestal, the edges with laurel leaf mouldings, ova and palmettes, decorated under the neck with eight rosettes above a foliage frieze, the handles formed by two intertwined snakes, the lid topped with a dolphin-shaped grip (lack) ; the round plate with a plain bottom resting on four claw feet.

With large applied and screwed Duke d’Orleans coat of arms.

Good condition, small missing part of the cover plug.

By Jean-Baptiste Claude ODIOT, Empire period, Paris, 1801-1809.

Hallmark of the maker Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot (inscribed in 1801).

Title stamp of Paris, 1798-1809.

Without a maker's stamp on the body.

H. 19.5 x D. 17 cm. Weight: 1212.0 g.


Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans (1773-1850), future King of the French.


- Several Empire period pieces made by Odiot are applied with the same Orléans coat of arms, under the crown of Prince du Sang. It is not known exactly when they were commissioned by Louis-Philippe, but according to the archives of the Maison Odiot, on 11 July 1817, the Duke of Orléans had his coat of arms embossed on 133 pieces and engraved on 205 others (cf. Anne Dion Tenenbaum, "Orfèvrerie française du XIXe siècle, la collection du musée du Louvre", Somogy, Paris, 2011, p. 206)".

- This model of drageoir was created by Odiot for the gifts given by Napoleon to his marshals, often as a reward for their courage on the battlefield (sources: Odiot).

Related works

- A similar model applied from the same coat of arms of Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans: sale Sotheby's, Parke Bernet Monaco S.A., 27 November 1979, lot 740.

- A similar silvergilt drageoir, reproduced in the book by Jean-Marie Pinçon and Olivier Gaube du Gers: "Odiot l'Orfèvre/trois siècles d'Histoire & de Créations", éd. Sous le vent, 1990, p. 121.