François-Thomas Germain (French, 1726–1791)
Object Place: Europe, Paris, France
11.1 x 29.8 x 18.9 cm (4 3/8 x 11 3/4 x 7 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
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One of a pair of huilliers, an oval plateau with scroll rim and feet, engraved on the top with a spiderweb and flowers. Supports two round openwork bottle holders formed of pilasters with consoles and swagged drapery. Between, a support for the caps formed of two rings held by foliage on a bell-shaped base with cluster finial. Two loose stoppers, domed and fluted with cluster finials.
Plateau engraved with 3 and 4 for bottle holders, a coat of arms, "71" "No 1/71.5" "159" and FAIT PAR FT GERMAIN SCULPr ORFre DU ROY AUX GALLERIES DU LOUVRE A PARIS 1764. Bottle holders engraved with 3 [289.2b] and 4 [289.2c] and "159". Bottle caps both engraved with "159".
Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lys, 2 grains, FTG, a fleece (Dennis 149): Underside of plateau. Warden's Mark: 1763-64, a crowned Z (Dennis 26): Underside of plateau, underside of each bottle holder. Charge Mark: for large work, 1762-68, a crowned A with a laurel branch (Dennis 96): Underside of plateau and both bottle holders. Discharge Mark: for work intended for export, 1733 (?)- 1775, a little cow (Dennis 156): scroll foot of plateau, lower rims of both bottle holders, both lids. Other: Import mark, since 1893, an ant in a rectangular shield (Rosenberg IV #5907): Rim of plateau in middle, upper and lower rims of both bottle holders, both arms of cap holder, both lids.
By 1921, Duke of Leeds [see note 1]; les fils de Leon Helft. By 1925, Comtesse de Behague, Paris [see note 2]. By 1950, SAR le Comte de Paris [see note 3]. 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. (Accession date: May 26, 1993)
 1921, Duke of Leed's sale, Christie's, London (one of a pair); bought by Les Fils de Leon Helft.
 1925, Comtesse de Behague bought one.
 1950, SAR le Comte de Paris sold other one.
Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. Collection