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Basket-form double salt

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A large oval double salt. The body is of wire woven to form a basket with a slightly shaped rim. There are two silver-gilt inserts for the salt. The center portion between them is cast and chased with grape leaves and bunches of grapes with a realistic cast bird perched on top.

Marks

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, ADS, a heart (Dennis, 127). Warden's Mark: 1762-1763: a crowned Y (Dennis, 152). Charge Mark: for large work, 1762-1768: a crowned A with a laurel branch (Dennis, 128). Discharge Mark: for small work, 1762-1768: a hound's head (Dennis, 96) Other: Guarantee Mark used after 1838: a small crab (Tardy, p. 173). The Maker's, Warden's and Charge marks are on the bottom interior of the basket and the bottom of the two inserts, the Discharge mark is on the rim of both the inserts and the guarantee mark is on the bottom rim of the basket and the rims of both inserts.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

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

French (Paris), 1762–63

Object Place

Paris, France

Dimensions

10.3 x 8.3 x 12.3 cm (4 1/16 x 3 1/4 x 4 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1993.504a-c

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver; silver-gilt inserts

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver