French Silverplate Duck Press

  • This elegant French duck press was crafted by the Parisian firm Ecruis
  • The device is designed to create the famed delicacy of "pressed duck"
  • At one time, a duck press could be found in any fine-quality French restaurant
  • These culinary antiques are becoming increasingly difficult to acquire
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Item No. 31-2488

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Once an indispensable tool of French haute cuisine, this rare French silverplate duck press was crafted by the Parisian firm Ecruis. Used for squeezing the juices out of a duck carcass in preparing the traditional dish canard au sang, also known as "pressed duck,", its screw-type appliance was both efficient and easy to use. At one time, no respectable French restaurant would be without one of these grand devices, but today, even new presses are hard to find.

In the 19th century, the Tour d'Argent restaurant in Paris developed the complex dish known as canard au sang (literally "duck in its blood"). The juice, which has been pressed from the carcass, is thickened and flavored with butter and Cognac, and then combined with the duck breast to finish cooking. These presses could also be used to make the famous duck confit, as well as to make seafood or other stocks.

Marked "ERCUIS 125" 

14 5/8" wide x 8 1/2" deep x 19" high
French Silverplate Duck Press
Period: 20th Century
Origin: France
Type: Duck Presses
Depth: 8.5 Inches
Width: 14.62 Inches
Height: 19.0 Inches

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