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Soap-box

French (Paris)
1781
Francois Joubert (Master in 1749; died after 1793)


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

Overall: 9.1 cm, 6 oz. (3 9/16 in., 0.37 lb.) Other (Overall): 9.2cm (3 5/8in.) Weight: 202.2 gm (0.2 kg)

Accession Number

1993.322.2

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

One of a set of two soap and sponge boxes. The spherical body rests on a molded, fluted shaped circular base. The hinged plain cover has molded rims, a shaped applied thumbpiece, and two concentric bands encircling the top.

Markings

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, FJ, a heart (Dennis, 194). Warden's Mark: 1780-1781: a crowned R (Dennis, 20). Charge Mark: 1781-1783 for medium-sized work: interlace foliate L's (Dennis, 19). Discharge Mark: 1781-1783 for medium-sized work: a head of Alexander (Dennis, 319). Other: guarantee mark used after 1838 for small, old work: a boar's head (Tardy, p.173). Under foot: LHF for Les Fils de Leon Helft (dealer)

Provenance

By 1926, Puiforcat. By 1928, Lucien Metzger, Paris [see note 1]. 1955, purchased by 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)

Notes:
[1] 1928, Lucien Metzger's sale, Paris.

Credit Line

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