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Globular sponge-box

Spherical sponge box with spreading circular foot. Base has two matted rosettes and strapwork enclosing Vitruvian scrolls. Sponge box has a laurel rim and a hinged cover with similar strapwork enclosing pierced Vitruvian scrolling, and two pierced rosettes. The thumbpiece is in the shape of a...

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Maker's Mark: a crown, two grains, CS, the dove of the holy ghost (Dennis, 318). Warden's Mark: 1784-1785: a crowned P with 84 (Dennis, 142). Charge Mark: for large work 1783-1789: a crowned A (Dennis, 9). Discharge Mark: for small work 1783-1786: a peasant's head (Dennis, 138). Other: guarantee mark used after 1838 for medium-sized work: a small boar's head (Tardy, 173).

Credit Line

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

French (Paris), 1784–85

Object Place

Paris, France

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Medium or Technique

Metal; silver