Second-course dish with cover

1757
François-Thomas Germain (French, 1726–1791)


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Accession Number

1993.495.1a-b

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Out on Loan

Out On Loan

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

One of a pair of second-course dishes and fluted domed covers with vegetal finials, the borders of the dishes engraved with the Russian Imperial Arms

Inscription

struck with St. Petersburg marks for 176?
Numbered 77
Du no. 2 777

Provenance

1757, ordered by Empress Elisabeth (b. 1709 - d. 1762) as part of the "Parisian" silver service for the Imperial Court of Russia; by descent within the Russian Imperial family and, probably by about 1930, dispersed and sold [see note]. March 19, 1971, sold by S. J. Phillips, Ltd., London, 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)

NOTE: Several pieces of silver from the Parisian service, which was transferred to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, were sold about 1930, when many sales from Russian state museums took place. Other pieces had been dispersed as early as the nineteenth century. It is not known precisely when this dish was removed from the silver service. See Christiane Perrin, François Thomas Germain: Orfèvre des Rois (Paris, 1993), pp. 203-209.

Credit Line

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