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Circular dish

France (Paris)
Nicolas Besnier (master 1714, died 1754)

Object Place: Europe, Paris, France


Overall: 2.6cm (1in.) Other (Overall): 26.8cm (10 9/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View





One of a pair of circular dishes. Shallow, with a guilloche pattern on the rim and an engraved coat-of arms on the rim (The arms are those of Bateman and Spencer).


Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, NB, a star (Dennis, 54). Warden's Mark: Probably a crowned G, 1723-1724, Incomplete (Dennis, 56). Charge Mark: 1722-1727: a crowned A with interlaced L's (Dennis, 56).

Coats of arms of Bateman impaling Spencer. [Bateman was ambassador to Paris at time of manufacture]


By 1926, Lord Bateman Hanbury, London. 1926, sold at Lord Bateman Hanbury sale, Christie's, London [see note 1]. By 1961, Jacques Helft [see note 2]; sold to Elizabeth Parke Firestone (b. 1897 - d. 1990) and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. (b. 1898 - d. 1973), Akron, OH and Newport, RI; 1993 [see note 3]; gift of the estate of Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 26, 1993)

[1] Sold at Christie's, London, July 7, 1926, part of lot 116.
[2] See note in file
[3] Purchased from Jacques Helft on October 2, 1961.

Credit Line

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