Lot 483: French Colonial Coin Silver Tablespoon
December 3, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: French Colonial Coin Silver Tablespoon, late 18th/early 19th c., probably New Orleans or Sainte-Domingue, maker untraced, marked "F" in serrated rectangle, double struck, engraved "coquet" on back of handle, "Uniplat" pattern, l. 8 3/16 in., weight 1.95 troy ozs. Provenance: Found in a New Orleans Estate sale c. 1998 Note: "Coquet" possibly refers to Bernard Coquet, who was proprietor of a ballroom where free people of color held weekly dances in the late 18th century. In 1809 he initiated the "Blue Ribbon Balls" which became the celebrated Quadroon Balls. New Orleans City Directories list: (1805) J.B. Coquet residing at 27 Rue St. Philippe, (1811) Bernard Coquet residing at 27 St. Philip St., and (1822) Jacques Bernard Coquet as proprietor of the St. Philip Theater at 32 and 39 St. Philip St. Ref. Clark, Emily. Masterless Mistresses: The New Orleans Ursulines and the Development of a New World Society 1727-1834, p. 149; Toledano, Rouhlac. The National Trust Guide to New Orleans, p. 206.