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Double spice-box

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One of a pair of double spice-boxes. Of elongated octagonal form with a molded baluster shaped body. It rests on four applied scroll feet with the upper part of each formed as a shell, each chased with a pattern. The interior is divided into three compartments with two hinged covers, and a...

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Inscription

coat of arms

Marks

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, AF, a daffodil (Dennis, 139). Warden's Mark: 1723-1724: a crowned G (Dennis, 56). Charge mark: 1722-1727: a crowned A with interlaced L's (Dennis, 56). Discharge mark: for work made in a single piece, 1722-1727: a rayed sun (Dennis, 238). Other: Countermark for 1727-1732: a crowned bell (Dennis, 205); Countermark 1732-1738: a crowned shell (Dennis, 205); Countermark, 1738-1744: a lizard (Dennis, 205); an unidentified mark shaped like a hammer (?); a crown. The Maker's mark is on all feet and the undersides of the lids, the Warden's and Charge marks are on the underside of the base, while the discharge and the countermarks and the hammer(?) are on the bottom of the interior and the crown is on the rim.

Provenance

1875, Paul Eudel, Paris; 1928, Comtesse de Behague, Paris. 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.

Credit Line

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

France (Paris), 1723–24

Object Place

Paris, France

Dimensions

6.7 x 7.7 x 11.8 cm (2 5/8 x 3 1/16 x 4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1993.299.1a-b

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver