French (Paris)
Pierre Massé

Object Place: Europe, Paris, France


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

On View

Britain, 1750-1800 / Portraits (Gallery 141)





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.


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.


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