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Sponge-box

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


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

Overall: 8.9 cm, 7 oz. (3 1/2 in., 0.44 lb.) Other (Overall): 8.6cm (3 3/8in.)

Accession Number

1993.322.1

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 shaped circular foot. The body and the cover are pierced with scrolling foliage androsettes with a molded rim. The hinged cover has a shaped applied thumbpiece, and two concentric rings 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, 319). Charge mark: for medium sized works, 1781-1783: interlaced foliate L's (Dennis, 129). Discharge Mark: 1781-1783: a head of Alexander (Dennis, 319). Other: Two stamps of LHF; Guarantee mark used after 1838 for old small work: a boar's head (Tardy, p. 173); Countermark used after 1838: parts of insects (Rosenberg, 5929).; a small irregular circular mark on the rim, illegible. On foot edge: LHF, for Les Fils de Leon Helft (dealer)

Provenance

By 1926, Puiforcat. By 1928, Lucien Metzger, Paris [see note 1]. 1955, puchased 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