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Soap box

French (Paris)
1729–30
Probably by Pierre Prevost (Master 1723; died 1754)


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

Overall: 9.2 cm, 8 oz. (3 5/8 in., 0.5 lb.) Other (Overall): 8.6cm (3 3/8in.)

Accession Number

1993.366

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

Soap box with spherical body on spreading circular foot. Foot is gadrooned. The hinged cover has a molded rim and hinge. Cover has molded, reeded concentriccircles on the top and a button thumbpiece. There is an engraved crest on thecover.

Markings

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, PP, a mark. Christie's says that it is by Pierre Prevost, making the mark a casque (Nocq, p.222). It is similar to the illustration of a mark with a casque in Dennis, 221a. Warden's Mark: 1729-1730: a crowned N (Dennis, 52). Charge Mark: 1727-1732: an A crowned on the side (Dennis, 52). Discharge Mark: 1727-1732 for medium-sized work: a crowned Martlet (Dennis, 52). Other: Countermark used after 1838: Insects (Rosenberg, 5929); possibly the discharge mark for old small work 1762-1768: a fly (Dennis, 93); guarantee mark for imported objects(?): 'Decret du Janvier 1864.Poincons en usage du 1er juillet 1864 au 30 juin 1893 pour les ouvrages (mont res exceptees) importe au titre minimum de .800 des pays contractants: an insect in an oval (Tardy, p.177-178)

Provenance

Jacques Helft, Paris; 1953, presented by Helft to 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