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Chocolate pot

France (Paris)
1755
François-Thomas Germain (French, 1726–1791)


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

22.8 x 24.1 x 12.9 cm (9 x 9 1/2 x 5 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1993.503

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

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Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

A pear-shaped chocolate pot on three scroll legs ending in foliage. The spout formed of chased berries and leaves (cocoa leaves ), the handle a silver socket with turned dark wood end. An engraved cartouche with monogram “MM”, the hinged lid with scroll thumbpiece and stirring-hole cover with mushroom finial swivel-mounted on a pin.

Inscription

Maker's Mark: a crowned [fleur-de-lys, 2 grains], F[T]G, [a fleece] (Dennis 149): undersides of lid and body, both partially effaced. Warden's Mark: 1755-56, a crowned P (Dennis 314): Undersides of lid and body. Charge Mark: 1750-56, a crowned A with palm and laurel branches (Dennis 314): Undersides of lid and body. Discharge Mark: for small work, 1750-56, a hen's head (Dennis 144): rim. Other: illegible mark, rim. Engraved cartouche with monogram MM. Engraved "405" on one foot.

Provenance

Before 1972, Jacques Helft, Paris; April 20,1972, purchased by 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. (Accession date: May 26, 1993)

Credit Line

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