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Pair of egg-cups

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An egg cup of rock crystal and silver-gilt in the form of a tripod, the triangular base supported on bun feet and chased with water leaves, with acanthus leaves and a cluster on top. Each leg ends in a cloved hoof and is topped with a ram's head, with ribbon-tied floral swags between. The...

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Inscription

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lys, 2 grains, JNB, a pyramid (Nocq I p 78): Underside of base. No Warden's Mark. CHarge Mark: for medium-sized work, 1781-83, interlaced foliate L's (Dennis 19): Underside of base. Discharge Mark: for small work, 1781-83, a cherub's head (Dennis 18): Edge of base. Other: Illegible mark, edge of base.

Provenance

By 1906, Chasles, Paris. By 1925, Leon Helft, Paris. By 1926, Puiforcat, Paris. By 1940, Mme. de Peyster, New York. By 1945, Jacques Helft, 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. (Accession date: May 26, 1993)

Credit Line

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

French (Paris), 1780–81

Object Place

Paris, France

Dimensions

Weight: 6 oz., 7.6 x 7.6 cm (0.37 lb., 3 x 3 in.)

Accession Number

1993.474.1

Medium or Technique

Silver gilt

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver