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Trencher salt

French (Paris)
1740–42
Claude Dargent (Born about 1698; master 1722; died after 1771)


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

1993.367.2

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

One of a pair (see 1993.367.1) of shaped oval trencher salts on a scrolled base with scrolled feet and plain molded sides. The rim and interior is slightly lobed and silver gilt (?), as is the bottom of the cover. Cover is chased, hinged and of scallop shell form. Engraved with AE changed to AP(?) on the underside.

Markings

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, CD, a moon (Dennis, 108). Warden's Mark: 1740-1742: a crowned A (Dennis, 289).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: FE with a star between in an oval; an octagonal or square mark with a head in it, possibly the guarantee mark for large work used after 1838: a helmeted head in an octagon (Tardy, p.173).

Provenance

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