Edme-Pierre Balzac (Born 1705, master 1739; died about 1786)
Object Place: Europe, Paris, France
25.5 x 15.4 cm (10 1/16 x 6 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
One of a set of four candlesticks with a molded, domed, shaped circular base with a band of egg and dart molding, followed by a band of alternating shells and floral strapwork with a diaper(?) pattern of dots and quatrefoils in between on a matted ground. A reeded band around the fluted dome leads to a reed and ribbon knop. The knop rises to a squared stem with scalework and foliage on either side and husk on the champfer. The stem gives way to a reeded knop rising to a vase shaped nozzle with a similarly diaper patterned base and an egg and dart rim.
There is a crest engraved on the nozzle.
Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, EPB, a cinquefoil (Dennis, 30). Warden's Mark: 1740-1742: a crowned A (Dennis, 135). Charge Mark: 1738-1744: a crowned A with palm branches (Dennis, 135). Discharge mark: for large work: a crowned A with palm branches (Dennis, 135). Discharge mark: for large work 1738-1744: an Ox's head (Dennis, 48). Other: Indistinguishable small mark, probably a small swan in an oval, see Tardy, p. 179, or 1993.368.1.
1897, Baron Jerome Pichon's sale, 401 ill. Pl. I; 1939, Jacques Helft card index; 1944, Baron Cassell Van Doorn
Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. Collection