Pair of egg-cups

French (Paris)
Jean-Nicolas Bastin

Object Place: Europe, Paris, France


Weight: 6 oz., 7.6 x 7.6 cm (0.37 lb., 3 x 3 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver gilt

Not On View





An egg cup of rock crystal and silver-gilt in the form of a tripod, the triangular base supported on bun feet and chased with water leaves, with acanthus leaves and a cluster on top. Each leg ends in a cloved hoof and is topped with a ram’s head, with ribbon-tied floral swags between. The crystal cup with a ring of silver-gilt laurel leaves and a cluster drop at the bottom. The upper edge in silver gilt, chased with foliage and pearls.


Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lys, 2 grains, JNB, a pyramid (Nocq I p 78): Underside of base. No Warden's Mark. CHarge Mark: for medium-sized work, 1781-83, interlaced foliate L's (Dennis 19): Underside of base. Discharge Mark: for small work, 1781-83, a cherub's head (Dennis 18): Edge of base. Other: Illegible mark, edge of base.


By 1906, Chasles, Paris. By 1925, Leon Helft, Paris. By 1926, Puiforcat, Paris. By 1940, Mme. de Peyster, New York. By 1945, Jacques Helft, 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. (Accession date: May 26, 1993)

Credit Line

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