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One of a set of two soap and sponge boxes. The spherical body rests on a shaped circular foot. The body and the cover are pierced with scrolling foliage androsettes with a molded rim. The hinged cover has a shaped applied thumbpiece, and two concentric rings encircling the top.


Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, FJ, a heart (Dennis, 194). Warden's Mark: 1780-1781: a crowned R (Dennis, 319). Charge mark: for medium sized works, 1781-1783: interlaced foliate L's (Dennis, 129). Discharge Mark: 1781-1783: a head of Alexander (Dennis, 319). Other: Two stamps of LHF; Guarantee mark used after 1838 for old small work: a boar's head (Tardy, p. 173); Countermark used after 1838: parts of insects (Rosenberg, 5929).; a small irregular circular mark on the rim, illegible.


By 1926, Puiforcat. By 1928, Lucien Metzger, Paris [see note 1]. Elizabeth Parke Firestone (1897-1990) and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. (1898-1973), 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) Notes: [1] 1928, Lucien Metzger's sale, Paris.

Credit Line

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

French (Paris), 1781

Object Place

Paris, France

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Medium or Technique

Metal; silver