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Two-light branch

One of a pair of cast two-light branches. The long, plain base rises into a flaring foliage center with a bunch of grapes forming the finial resting on a trifoil foliage base. The scrolling foliage arms are chased with husk and rise to two circular bobeches with spiraled cushion bases of...

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Inscription

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, ID(?), a cinquefoil(?) or a star(?) Possibly that of Jacques Duguay, Nocq gives his mark as JD and a shell(See Nocq, p. 116). Warden's Mark: 1738-1739: a crowned Y (Dennis, 185). Charge Mark: probably the mark for 1738-1744: a crowned A with palm branches (Dennis, 185). Discharge Mark: for small work, 1738-1744: a fox's head (Dennis, 192). The discharge mark is on the nozzle.

Provenance

1912, Sold by Leon Helft to Fr. Guerault, Paris; 1925, Jacques de Chefdebien; 1939, J. Helft; 1950, Rediscovered at a Milano antique dealer.

Credit Line

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

1738–39

Object Place

Paris, France

Accession Number

1993.377.2

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver