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Two-light branch

1738–39
Attributed to Joseph-Pierre-Jacques Duguay


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

15.4 x 26.4 cm (6 1/16 x 10 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1993.377.2

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

One of a pair of cast two-light branches. The long, plain base rises into a flaring foliage center with a bunch of grapes forming the finial resting on a trifoil foliage base. The scrolling foliage arms are chased with husk and rise to two circular bobeches with spiraled cushion bases of alternating flutes and gadroons. The bobeches are plain with reeded rims. The attached nozzles are vase shaped with gadrooned bases rising to alternating flutes and gadroons with slightly flaring rims.

Inscription

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, ID(?), a cinquefoil(?) or a star(?) Possibly that of Jacques Duguay, Nocq gives his mark as JD and a shell(See Nocq, p. 116). Warden's Mark: 1738-1739: a crowned Y (Dennis, 185). Charge Mark: probably the mark for 1738-1744: a crowned A with palm branches (Dennis, 185). Discharge Mark: for small work, 1738-1744: a fox's head (Dennis, 192). The discharge mark is on the nozzle.

Provenance

1912, Sold by Leon Helft to Fr. Guerault, Paris; 1925, Jacques de Chefdebien; 1939, J. Helft; 1950, Rediscovered at a Milano antique dealer.

Credit Line

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