Unidentified maker (U.R.)
Canadian, active 1740–1760
Écuelle, c. 1750–1760
4.4 x 31 x 17.5 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with funds from the Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Naylor, funds administered by The Winnipeg Foundation
Early Canadian silver was heavily influenced by French and English production. This particular piece, an écuelle, is modelled after a French vessel, similar to a bowl. Used for soup, its two handles negate the need for a spoon, as one would merely pick it up and raise it to the lips. The écuelle is typical of the type of fashionable items made by silversmiths in New France to meet the demands of the wealthy officers stationed there. The engraved crest and motto identifies the prominent Quebec family of Le Moyne. Jean Le Moyne (1634–1706) of Normandy, France, arrived in New France in 1655. Direct descendance has been traced nine generations forward to a late Winnipeg citizen, hence the discovery of the écuelle in the city.