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Sponge-box

French (Paris)
1771–72
Pierre-Francois Rigal (French, 18th century)


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

Overall: 9.6cm (3 3/4in.) Other (Overall): 9cm (3 9/16in.)

Accession Number

1993.281

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

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Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

Sponge-box with compressed spherical body on molded, shaped circular foot. Hinged cover is pierced with scrolling foliage and rosettes and has a molded rim with an applied thumbpiece.

Markings

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, PFR, a key (Dennis, 292). Warden's Mark: 1771-1772: a crowned H (Dennis, 38). Charge Mark: 1768-1775 for small work: a calyx surrounded by fleurons (Dennis, 35). Discharge Mark: 1773(?)-1775 for work intended for export: a little cow (Dennis, 28). Other: guarantee mark used after 1838 for medium-sized work: a small boar's head (Tardy, p.173).

Provenance

By 1934, Estate E.A. Phillips [see note 1]. By 1939, Collection J. V., Paris [see note 2]. 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] 1934, Estate E.A. Phillips sale, cat. #13.
[2] 1939, Paris Auction, Collection J.V., cat. #63

Credit Line

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