Jean-Baptiste Saurin (Born 1734-36; master in 1774; died after 1793)
Object Place: Europe, Paris, France
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)
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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.
"162" engraved on bottom.
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.
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)
 1888, sold Marquis d'Houdan's sale, Angers.
 1898, Comte Jacques de Bryas' sale, Paris.
 1926, exhibited at Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris.
Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. Collection