Louis XVI Silver-Gilt Travel Necessaire
Jacques-Henri Alberi, Strasbourg, 1782-83
Comprising chocolate pot and molinet, coffee pot, teapot, hot milk jug, tea caddy, dessert plate, pair of beakers, three covered dressing boxes, chamberstick, sponge box, soap box, tea strainer, four cut glass bottles with silver-gilt caps, lamp and folding lampstand, funnel, dinner fork, dessert fork, dinner knife, dessert knife, tablespoon, dessert spoon, two teaspoons, salt spoon/marrow scoop, tweezers, sugar tongs, and basin clip, each with laurel band; Together with a French Silver Inkwell and Sand Pot , Francois Joubert, Paris, 1755. Diameter of dessert plate 9 1/2 inches, total approximately 171 ounces, weighable.
Monseigneur Raymond de Durfort (1725-1792)
Bernard Steinitz, Paris
Paris, 1964: Le Siècle d'Or de l'Orfèvrerie de Strasbourg, Jacques Kugel, October 10-31, 1964, no. 131, pp. 82-84.
Etienne Martin, Deux Siècles d'Orfèvrerie à Strasbourg, 2004, p. 166.
Raymond de Dufort (1725-1792) was born at the Chateau de La Roque, an hour north of Toulouse in southern France. Dufort began his illustrious career in the church at the age of 25 as Abbot of Vieuville, becoming chaplain to King Louis XV in 1761 and Bishop of Avranches in 1764. With the onset of the French Revolution, Dufort's objective was never to confront the Revolutionary authorities. Interestingly, he is noted for his opposition to the removal of silver from churches by Revolutionary forces, however he did not instruct his priests to physically resist. In 1791 Dufort was dismissed from his position as Bishop of Besançon by the Revolutionary Constitutional Bishop of Doubs, but refused to relinquish his post citing his allegiance to Rome over the Republican authorities. Dufort went into exile in Switzerland where he died in 1792.
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