Early 20th Century French duck press by Caliar, Bayard & Cie in our February 23 Fine Antique sale

An early 20th Century French silver-plated duck press by Caliar, Bayard & Cie. Paris, France, features as one of the highlights in our forthcoming Fine Antique auction on February 23rd.

On an oblong base, raised on four flared elephant feet with stylised tusked elephant heads, the front and back of the press are hinged, and open to reveal a removable pot with strainer, fitted with a spout.

The press is a flat disk driven by a turn screw with a bar handle, with makers marks on the base and hall marks stamped to the body, numbered '69914', it stands at 61cm high.

Provenance:

Acquired directly from the Oak Room Bar, Plaza Hotel, Manhattan NYC, in 1982 for the sum of $25,000.

With famous performers and guests, the Oak bar has been the meeting place for important political meetings and singers such as Josephine Baker, Eartha Kitt, Liza Minnelli, Marlene Dietrich, Lena Horne, Kay Thompson, Sandler and Young, Ethel Merman, Shirley Bassey, Andy Williams, The Mills Brothers, Patti Page and Peggy Lee, all performed in the Oak rooms.

The duck press was invented in France during the 1800s by a chef called Mechenet to make what is one of the most extravagant dishes ever created, Caneton de Rouen à la Presse, also known as Duck in Blood Sauce.

Estimate - £5,000 - £8,000.