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Wine taster

France (Lyon)
mid-18th century
Artist Benoit Julien


Object Place: Europe, Trevoux, France

Dimensions

2.3 x 10.1 cm (7/8 x 4 in.)

Accession Number

1993.477

Medium or Technique

metal; silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

A wine taster of circular form with a slightly domed base made from a papal medal. It is inscribed on the interior: MDCLXXV CLAVSIS FORIBVS VENIET ET DABIT PACEM and on the reverse: CLEMENS X PONT MAX. The handle is applied with a slightly scrolled base and a flat ring formed by two duck heads. The outer rim ofthe taster is inscribed: ETIENNE JUTET DB.

Markings

Maker's Mark: a duck, three circles, BI belonging to Benoit Julien and a duck with a G above it and a DZ seperated by a star below, belonging to Germain Dezeustre. Julien was a maitre abonne between 1771-1782. Dezeustre worked between 1732 and before 1760. (Helft, 528).

Provenance

1910, Leon Helft. By 1914, Jacques Helft. 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