Covered ewer

French (Toulouse)
Marked by Louis Samson II

Object Place: Europe, Toulouse, France


26.6 x 18.3 x 12.3 cm (10 1/2 x 7 3/16 x 4 13/16 in.); Weight 33 oz.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

On View

Britain, 1750-1800 / Portraits (Gallery 141)





Spirally-fluted covered pear-shaped body on shaped circular foot with scrolling leaf decoration. Repousse garlands of flowers on either side of the body. Chased coat of arms within a repousse rococco cartouche on the front of the body. Acanthus leaf applied below the spout. Top of cover decorated with two overlapping leaves, a scrolling leaf forms the thumbpiece. Large scroll foliage handle with chased leaf decoration.


Maker's mark: an L between two grains SAM/SON, three roses below
Warden's mark: TOL, a fleur-de-lis below, and I between two grains (1763)
Charge: a slower in a shield, with a crown above- mark for large works, 1760-1768
Discharge: three heraldic ermines in a shield, a crown above-mark for 1760-1768
All four marks are on the underside of the body of the ewer.


Made for the Marquis de Sassenage, Grenoble [see note 1]. Before 1950, from an "English Noble Family" [see note 2]; by 1950, in Geneva [see note 3]; 1950, with A. & R. Ball, New York; 1950, purchased from or through A. & R. Ball 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)

[1] Arms engraved on ewer. [2] See letter from Arthur Ball, November 10, 1950, copy in MFA curatorial file. [3] See letter from Arthur Ball, November 10th, 1950, to Mrs. Firestone, which states that he examined the ewer in Geneva.

Credit Line

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