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Trencher salt

French (Paris)
Claude Dargent (Born about 1698; master 1722; died after 1771)

Object Place: Europe, Paris, France


4.4 x 6.7 x 7.3 cm (1 3/4 x 2 5/8 x 2 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View





One of a pair (see 1993.367.2) of shaped oval trencher salts on a scrolled base with scrolled feet and plain molded sides. The rim and the interior are slightly lobed in four parts. The interior is gilt as is the underside of the cover. Cover is chased and hinged, of scallop shell form. Engraved with AE changed to AP(?) on the underside of the salt.


Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, CD, a moon (Dennis, 108). Warden's Mark: 1740-1742: a crowned A (Dennis, 108). Charge Mark: 1738-1744: a crowned A with Palm branches (Dennis, 289). Discharge Mark: for small work, 1738-1744: a fox's head (Dennis, 289). Other: Countermark used after 1838: parts of insects (Rosenberg, 5929); FE with a star between in an oval. An ocatagonalor square mark with a head in it, possibly a guarantee mark for large work us ed after 1838 : A helmeted man in an oval (Tardy, p.173).


1923, Marius Paulme's sale, Paris, cat. #161, Pl. XVI. 1951, purchased 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.

Credit Line

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