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French (Paris)
Henri-Nicolas Debrie

Object Place: Europe, Paris, France


12.8 x 10.8 cm (5 1/16 x 4 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View





A milk jug with a baluster-shaped body. The body is spirally fluted with a molded rim and matted scrolling borders. The bottom is cast and chased with water leaf. The hinged cover is also spirally fluted with a curving band of matting and is topped by a spiral finial. The handle is made of wood and is attached with two medallions and a base piece. The medallions are chased with rosettes.


Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, HNDB, a mitre. (Nocq, p. 21). Warden's mark: 1766-1767: a crowned C, partially obliterated (Dennis, 141). Charge Mark: for large work, 1762-1768: a crowned A with a laurel branch (Dennis, 141). Other: Standard Mark, 1798-1809: a cock in an octagon with 2 (Tardy,p. 166); Guarantee Mark used after 1838: a small boar's head (Tardy, p. 173). Maker's, Warden's, and Charge Marks are on the base and interior of cover. The standard mark is on the base and the guarantee mark is on the rim of the cover and the rim of the body.


1926, Edmond Fouret (b. 1867 - d. 1955), Paris [see note 1]; by 1932, to Mme. Louis Hachette (probably Blanche D'Arbou, b. 1893 - d. 1982), Paris [see note 2]. April 24, 1951, sold by Au Vieux Paris (gallery), Paris, to 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)

[1] He lent this to the Exposition d'Orfèvrerie Française Civile du XVIe siècle au début du XIXe (Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, April 12 - May 12, 1926), cat. no. 403. [2] According to notes in the MFA curatorial file. Edmond Fouret was president of the Librairie Hachette, which had been founded in the nineteenth century by his great-grandmother's husband, Louis Hachette (b. 1800- d. 1864). Hachette's grandson (and Fouret's distant cousin) was also named Louis Hachette (b. 1870 - d. 1941).

Credit Line

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