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Double spice-box

France (Paris)
1723–24
Antoine Filassier


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

6.8 x 7.5 x 11.7 cm (2 11/16 x 2 15/16 x 4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1993.299.2a-b

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

On View

Britain, 1750-1800 / Portraits (Gallery 141)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

One of a pair of double spice-boxes. Of elongated octagonal form with a molded baluster shaped body. It rests on four applied scroll feet with the upper part of each formed as a shell, each chased with a pattern. The interior is divided into three compartments with two hinged covers, and a central compartment for a nutmeg grater. Each hinged cover has a gadrooned rim followed by molding and an engraved crest. The cover of the central compartment has a gadrooned rim and a domed molded center with a ball finial resting on gadrooning.

Inscription

coat of arms

Markings

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, AF, a daffodil (Dennis, 139). Warden's mark: probably 1723-1724: a crowned G, indistinct (Dennis, 56). Charge Mark: probably 1722-1727: a crowned A with interlaced L's, indistinct (Dennis, 56). Discharge Mark: for work made in a single piece, 1722-1727: a rayed sun (Dennis, 238) Other: Countermark, 1727-1732: a crowned bell (Dennis, 205); Countermark, 1732-1738: a crowned shell (Dennsi, 205); Countermark, 1738-1744:a lizard (Dennis, 205); a crown, an undentified mark. The Maker's mark is on the side of the interior, on all feet and on both lids, the Warden's and Charge marks are on the underside of the base, the Discharge, unidentified and Countermarks are all on the bottom of the interior, while the crown is on the rim.

Provenance

1875, Paul Eudel, Paris; 1928, Comtesse de Behague, Paris. 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. to the MFA.

Credit Line

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