Open trencher salts
Object Place: Europe, Paris, France
3.4 x 6.9 x 8.2 cm (1 5/16 x 2 11/16 x 3 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
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One of a pair of cast open trencher salts. The shaped oval body has concave sides between the molded oval base and rim with a deep, silver-gild depression for salt.
Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, RC, the dove of the Holy Ghost, with an E(?)PB marked over it (Dennis, 95), the EPB might be the mark of Edme-Pierre Balzac (Dennis, 30). Warden's Mark: 1742-1743: a crowned B (Dennis 146). Charge Mark: 1738-1744: a crowned A with Palm branches (Dennis, 135). Discharge Mark: for small work, 1738-1744: a fox's head (Dennis, 135). Other: Countermark used after 1838: parts of insects (Rosenberg, 5929); Guarantee Mark used after 1838 for large works; a helmeted head in an octagon with a 1 (Tardy, p. 173).
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.
Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. Collection