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Candlestick

French (Paris)
1740–42
Edme-Pierre Balzac (Born 1705, master 1739; died about 1786)


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

25.8 x 15.5 cm (10 3/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1993.368.4

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

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.

Inscription

A small swan in an oval, Tardy, p. 179: "Le cygne s'applique depuis le Ier julliet 1893 sur les montres de toute origine et les Bijoux provenant d'Allemagne, Chine, Etats-Unis, Russie. Ce poincon s'applique aussi sur les ouvrages aux titre legaux provenant des ventes publiques et dont on ne peut pas determiner la provenance. Les droits de garantie ne sont pas restitues en cas de reexportation des ouvrages marques de ce poincon."

There is a crest engraved on the nozzle.

Markings

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 Plam branches (Dennis, 135). Discharge mark: for large work, 1738-1744; an Ox's head (Dennis, 48).

Provenance

1897, Baron Jerome Pichon's sale, 401 ill. Pl. I; 1939, Jacques Helft card index; 1944, Baron Cassell Van Doorn

Credit Line

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