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Sponge-box

French (Paris)
1746–47
Marked by Henri Allain (Born ca. 1699; master 1745; died after 1759)


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

9.4 cm (3 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1993.394.1

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

One of a set of two soap and sponge boxes. Spherical body rests on a molded shaped circular foot. Body is pierced with scrolling foliage (?) and has a molded rim. Hinged cover has a shaped thumbpiece and three concentric rings encircling the top of the cover.

Inscription

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, HA, an orb (Dennis, 2). WardMaker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, HA, an orb (Dennis, 2). Warden's Mark: 1746-1747: a crowned F (Dennis, 92). Charge Mark: 1744-1750: a crowen's Mark: 1746-1747: a crowned F (Dennis, 92). Charge Mark: 1744-1750: a crowned A (Dennis, 92). Discharge Mark: 1744-1750 for small work: a slamon's head ned A (Dennis, 92). Discharge Mark: 1744-1750 for small work: a slamon's head (Dennis, 92). Other: guarantee mark used after 1838 for medium-sized work: a s(Dennis, 92). Other: guarantee mark used after 1838 for medium-sized work: a small boar's head (Tardy, p. 173). mall boar's head (Tardy, p. 173).

Provenance

By 1897, Baron Jerome Pichon, Paris [see note 1]. By 1926, Leon Helft, 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] 1897, Baron Jerome Pichon's sale, Paris, cat. #397.
[2] 1926, Exhibited at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, collection Leon Helft.

Credit Line

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