Tea service with fitted case

French (Paris)
1728–29
Probably by Martin Berthe (master in 1712)


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

Overall (Teapot): 10.8 x 17.1 x 10.2 cm (4 1/4 x 6 3/4 x 4 in.) Overall (Tea canister): 9.8 x 5.9 x 4.9 cm (3 7/8 x 2 5/16 x 1 15/16 in.) Height x diameter (Sugar bowl and cover): 10.5 x 9.5 cm (4 1/8 x 3 3/4 in.) Height x diameter (Tea bowl): 5.1 x 8.3 cm (2 x 3 1/4 in.) Height x diameter (Saucer): 2.9 x 13.5 cm (1 1/8 x 5 5/16 in.) Height x width (Scent flask): 13.7 x 4.8 x 1.9 cm (5 3/8 x 1 7/8 x 3/4 in.) Length x width (Each spoon): 11.7 x 2.5 cm (4 5/8 x 1 in.) Height x width (Box): 15.2 x 26 x 22.2 cm (6 x 10 1/4 x 8 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1993.520.1-8

Medium or Technique

Silver and ebonized wood; porcelain; glass; kingwood; rosewood

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

Tea service consisting of a teapot; tea canister; sugar bowl and cover; tea bowl and saucer; scent flask; two teaspoons; fitted box box with silver hardware.

Markings

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lys, 2 grains, [M]B, a bunch of grapes ? (Dennis 50): Underside. Warden's Mark: 1728-29, a crowned M (Dennis 57): Underside. Charge Mark: 1727-32, an A crowned on the side (Dennis 57): Underside, partially effaced. Discharge Mark: for medium-sized work, 1727-32, a crowned martlet (Dennis 57): Underside. Countermark: 1727-32, a crowned bell (Dennis 343): flange of lid.

Provenance

November 11, 1955, sold by Au Vieux Paris (Bonnefoy et Cie.), Paris, to Elizabeth Parke Firestone (b. 1897 - d. 1990) and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. (b. 1898 - d. 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