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Circular dish

France (Paris)
Edme-Pierre Balzac (Born 1705, master 1739; died about 1786)

Object Place: Europe, Paris, France


Height x diameter: 3 x 32.2 cm (1 3/16 x 12 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Out on Loan

On display at The Detroit Institute of Arts, since March 21, 1967





One from a pair of large shaped circular dishes with reeded rims and a shallowcenter depression. Engraved double headed eagle with a crown, a shield, an or b, and a scepter(?); the Russian Imperial arms.


Maker's Mark: Illegible, dishes are similar in design to 1993.471.1-24, a set of dinner plates by Balzac. Warden's mark for 1771-1772: a crowned H (Dennis, 38). Charge Mark: for large work, 1768-1775: a crowned A (Dennis, 38). Other: countermark used after 1838: insect parts (Rosenberg, 5929); St. Petersburg marks: 'Beschauzelchen etwa" possibly 1784 (Rosenberg 8143); HM, a grain between in a rectangle, an 8 in a square, and a number, probably a 9 or a 6 in a square (possibly a Russian standard mark, see Tardy, p. 265); a small illegible mark, possibly a guarantee mark used after 1838: a small boar's head (Tardy, p. 173). Engraved with no. 17.

Engraved no. 21?


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