Cruet frame

French (Paris)
1763
François-Thomas Germain (French, 1726–1791)


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

11.1 x 29.8 x 18.9 cm (4 3/8 x 11 3/4 x 7 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1993.289.2a-e

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

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.

Inscription

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".

Markings

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.

Provenance

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)

Notges:
[1] 1921, Duke of Leed's sale, Christie's, London (one of a pair); bought by Les Fils de Leon Helft.

[2] 1925, Comtesse de Behague bought one.

[3] 1950, SAR le Comte de Paris sold other one.

Credit Line

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