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Castor

France (Dunkirk)
about 1741
Artist Unidentified artist


Object Place: Europe, Dunkerque, France

Dimensions

14.9 cm (5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1993.372.2a-b

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

One of a pair of vase shaped castors on a spreading circular foot with a gadrooned band. The base of the body is applied with strapwork on a spirally mattedground. The upper part of the body is engraved with lambrequins beneath a mol ded rim. The cover has a gadrooned rim and is pierced in a latticework patternwith engraved rosettes at the intersections of the piercing the reserves. The finial is bud shaped above an applied gadrooned(?) cap.

Inscription

Maker's Mark: a crowned PE, a device (Helft, 469). Maison Commune: a crowned I, c.1741 (Helft, 46() Other: probalby the town mark for Dunkerque c. 1730-1760, a crowned dolphin, but it is illegible (Helft, 469). All marks are on the interior of the cover and the body.

An English crest (griffon) has been engraved on the front of the lobed body. An earlier crest has been erased.

Provenance

October 14-21, 1952, sale, Frederik Muller, Amsterdam, lot 996. May 8, 1954, sold by Au Vieux Paris (gallery), Paris, to Elizabeth Parke Firestone (b. 1897- d. 1990) and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. (b. 1898 - d. 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