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Cruet frame

French (Paris)
1763
François-Thomas Germain (French, 1726–1791)


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

11.4 x 29.8 x 11.4 cm (4 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1993.289.1a-e

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

A huillier with an oval plateau with scroll rim and feet, engraved on the top with a spiderweb and flowers. Supports two round openwork bottle holders formed of pilasters with consoles and swagged drapery. Between them a support for the caps of two rings and foliage on a bell-shaped base with cluster finial. Two loose stoppers, domed with flutes and cluster finials.

Inscription

Plateau engraved with 1 and 2, a coat of arms with drapery, and FAIT PAR FT GERMAIN SCULPR ORFRE DU ROYAUX GALLERIES DU LOUVRE A PARIS 1764. "No 2/ 72.5" "159". Bottle holders engraved on underside with 1 [289.1b] or 2 [289.1c] and "159", Bottle caps engraved with "159".

Markings

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lys, 2 grains, FTG, a fleece (Dennis 149): Underside of plateau.
Warden's Mark: 1763-63, a crowned Z (Dennis 26): Underside of plateau and each of the bottle holders.
Charge Mark: for large work, 1762-68, a crowned A with a laurel branch (Dennis 96): Underside of plateau and each of the bottle holders.
Discharge Mark: for work intended for export, 1733(?)-1775, a little cow (Dennis 156): scroll foot of plateau, lower rims of both bottle holders, one cap [1993.289.1e].
Other: Import mark since 1893, an ant in a rectangular shield (Rosenberg IV #5907): Rim of plateau near handle, lower rims of both bottle holders, one cap [289.1e].

Provenance

By 1921, Duke of Leeds [see note 1]; les fils de Leon Helft. By 1925, Comtesse de Behague, Paris [see note 2]. By 1950, SAR le Comte de Paris [see note 3]. 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)

Notges:
[1] 1921, Duke of Leed's sale, Christie's, London (one of a pair); bought by Les Fils de Leon Helft.

[2] 1925, Comtesse de Behague bought one.

[3] 1950, SAR le Comte de Paris sold other one.

Credit Line

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