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Wine taster

France (Poitiers)
about 1760
Artist Pierre Toussaint Moutet


Object Place: Europe, Angers, France

Dimensions

2.3 x 10.3 cm (7/8 x 4 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1993.257

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

A wine taster with a circular bowl with steep, slightly curved sides. Fleur-de-lis handle has a ring grip on the underside. The bowl is engraved on the interior with St. Peter in a circle surrounded wit hfoliage. The exterior is engraved with scrolling foliage, birds, and a man’s head, as well as the inscription  L BERTON (crossed out) 1768 F CLERGEAU.

Inscription

L BERTON (crossed out) 1768 F CLERGEAU.

Markings

Maker's Mark: PM, the rest is illegible. Discharge Mark: possibly 1734-1744: a crowned fleur-de-lis (Helft, 133). Other: two partial crowns, and two illegible marks, one perhaps a head, on the handle or rim.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

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