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France (Toulouse)
Guillaume Barrau (French, master 1685, died in 1706 (his widow worked until 1715 with her dead husband's "compagnon")

Object Place: Europe, Toulouse, France


23 cm (9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View





Castor with strapwork. The vase-shaped castor has a raised lower body with 15 ninepins ribs of cut card work applied on a matted ground, soldered to the upper body with an applied molding and a band of gadrooning. The upper body is divided in two parts. The juncture is masked by an applied ribbed molding . A lambrequin motif on a matted ground is engraved below the molding. The upper part has an applied molding notched twice below its lip. The cylindrical raised cover has an applied stepped molding at its base, with a band of gadroons , onto which are soldered two cast lugs. The sides of the cover are pierced in geometric patterns. The dome of the cover has an applied ribbed molding and a cast flower form finial in the middle of a radial reeding disc.


marks (underside of foot) Helft #1167, p.388:
maker: a cinquefoil, GB, a grain, two leaves, a cinquefoil.
Warden's mark: fleur de lys, two grains, TOL, O, three grains: Toulouse 1714 ?
Charge mark: a crowned fleur de Lys? Juridiction of Toulouse, undetermined date


1897, Baron Jerome Pichon, 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