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Bombe-form casket

French (Paris)
1782
Jean-Baptiste Saurin (Born 1734-36; master in 1774; died after 1793)


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

Overall: 15.5 x 25.8 x 18.3 cm, 57.6 oz. (6 1/8 x 10 3/16 x 7 3/16 in., 1632.8 gm)

Accession Number

1993.292

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

A rectangular Bombe-form casket supported on four curved legs with acanthus scrolls. The body engraved with water leaves and chased swags of berried laurelhung from ribboned nails. The hinged lid is engraved with sunflower rosettes and a laurel border enclosing a coat of arms.

Inscription

"162" engraved on bottom.

Markings

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lys, 2 grains, JBS (Dennis 308): Inside of lid, underside of body. Warden's Mark: 1782-83, a crowned T (Dennis 19): Inside of lid, underside of body. Charge Mark: for large work, 1781-83, a crowned A (dennis 19): Inside of lid, underside of body. Discharge Mark: for work intended for export, 1781-1792, a ewer (Dennis 19): Flange of lid, rim.

Provenance

By 1888, Marquis d'Houdan [see note 1]. By 1898, Comte Jacques de Bryas, Paris [see note 2], sold to Madame Leon Helft [see note 3]. December 1951, sold by Robert Ensko, Inc. (dealer), New York to Elizabeth Parke Firestone (b. 1897 - d. 1990) and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. (b. 1898- d. 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)

Notes:
[1] 1888, sold Marquis d'Houdan's sale, Angers.
[2] 1898, Comte Jacques de Bryas' sale, Paris.
[3] 1926, exhibited at Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris.

Credit Line

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