Denys Frankson French

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In 1545 François I founded the Hôpital de la Trinité to shelter abandoned children. Among the trades taught there was silversmithing, taught by a worker who had been favorably passed on by the wardens of the guild. In recompense for his instruction, the teacher-worker could become a master at the end of eight years. Antoine Bailly registered his first mark in 1748 in this way. In 1756, as a Paris maker, he turned in the mark gained through his work at the Hôpital and registered the mark which is found on this piece.

Coffeepot, Denys Frankson (French, master through service at Hôpital de la Trinité 1765, master Paris guild 1773, recorded 1791), Silver; ebony, French, Paris

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