Candlestick

French (Paris)
1675–76
Pierre Massé


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

17.8 x 12.3 cm (7 x 4 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1993.461.2

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

On View

Britain, 1750-1800 / Portraits (Gallery 141)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

One of a pair of candlesticks. The square bases have chased bands of putti (?), vases, masks and scrolling on a matted ground which gives way to a square knop with similar decoration. The square, slightly tapered stem is deeply fluted twice on each side and has a band of molding just above the knop and another approximately halfway up the stem. The rim has a chased floral and mask decoration similar to the base and knop.

Markings

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, PM, two crossed maces (Nocq,p. 211). Warden's Mark: 1675-1676: a crowned G (Dennis, 353). Charge mark: 16 72-1677: a crowned A with three fleurs-de-lis (Dennis, 351). Other: a countermark used after 1838: parts of insects (Rosenberg, 5929); a small rectangle with ET inside (Tardy, p. 181); 19th C. Italian countermarks: a crowned cross in an oval and a bull's head (Rosenberg, 7472 and 7476). The Maker's, Warden's, and Charge marks are all on the underside of the base, the maker's mark is alsoon the stem. The Italian marks are on the underside of the base only.

Provenance

1923, Leon Helft; 1925, Sold to Junius Spencer Morgan, Paris; 1939, Jacques Helft card index; 1963, Sale of H.S. Morgan, Christie's May 1963, lot 107 pl. XXIII; 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