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Dinner plate

One from a set of twenty-four shaped circular dinner plates, with molded laurel rims. Engraved with a double headed eagle with a crown, a shield, an orb, and a scepter(?), the Russian Imperial arms.


Maker's Mark: Obscured, probably that of Edme-Pierre Balzec, a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, EPB, a cinquefoil (Dennis, 30), but it may be that of Claude Pierre Deville, the same, with a CPD, and a crozier (Dennis, 118). Warden'sMark: 1770-1771: a crowned G (Dennis, 35). Charge Mark: for large work 1768-1 775: a crowned A (Dennis, 37). Discharge Mark: for work intended for export, 1773(?)-1775: a little cow (Dennis, 14). Other: a small rectangle; St. Petersburg mark, "Beschauzelchen etwa" 1784 (Rosenberg, 8143); HM, a grain between, ina rectangle; Russian standard mark: a 91 in a rectangle (Tardy, p. 265); Coun termark used after 1838: parts of insects (Rosenberg, 5929).


1770, part of Orloff Service ordered by Empress Catherine the Great; 1928, purhased by Jacques Helft directly from Soviet Government (850 pieces). 1932, Comte Horodiski. 1952, Bertha Wallace, Paris. Elizabeth Parke Firestone (b. 1897 - d. 1990) and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. (b. 1898 - d. 1973), Akron, OH and Newport, RI; 1993; gift of the estate of Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 26, 1993)

Credit Line

Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. Collection

France (Paris), 1770–71

Object Place

Paris, France

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; silver