Nicolas Besnier (master 1714, died 1754)
Object Place: Europe, Paris, France
Overall: 2.6cm (1in.) Other (Overall): 26.8cm (10 9/16in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
One of a pair of circular dishes. Shallow, with a guilloche pattern on the rim and an engraved coat-of arms on the rim (The arms are those of Bateman and Spencer).
Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, NB, a star (Dennis, 54). Warden's Mark: Probably a crowned G, 1723-1724, Incomplete (Dennis, 56). Charge Mark: 1722-1727: a crowned A with interlaced L's (Dennis, 56).
Coats of arms of Bateman impaling Spencer. [Bateman was ambassador to Paris at time of manufacture]
By 1926, Lord Bateman Hanbury, London. 1926, sold at Lord Bateman Hanbury sale, Christie's, London [see note 1]. By 1961, Jacques Helft [see note 2]; sold to Elizabeth Parke Firestone (b. 1897 - d. 1990) and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. (b. 1898 - d. 1973), Akron, OH and Newport, RI; 1993 [see note 3]; gift of the estate of Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 26, 1993)
 Sold at Christie's, London, July 7, 1926, part of lot 116.
 See note in file
 Purchased from Jacques Helft on October 2, 1961.
Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. Collection