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Dinner plate

France (Paris)
Edme-Pierre Balzac (Born 1705, master 1739; died about 1786)

Object Place: Europe, Paris, France


Diameter: 26.6cm (10 1/2in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)





One from a set of twenty-four shaped circular dinner plates, with molded laurel rims Engraved with a double headed eagle with a crown, a shield, an orb, anda scepter(?), the Russian Imperial arms.


Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, EPB, a cinquefoil (Dennis, 30). Warden's Mark: 1771-1772: a crowned H (Dennis, 38). Charge Mark: for largework 1768-1775: a crowned A (Dennis, 37). Discharge Mark: for work intended f or export 1733(?)-1775: a little cow (Dennis, 14). Other: a small rectangle; St. Petersburg Mark, "Beschauzelchen etwa" 1784 (Rosenberg, 8143); HM, a grain between, in a rectangle; Russian standard mark: a 91 in a rectangle (Tardy, p.265).


1770, part of Orloff Service ordered by Empress Catherine the Great; 1928, purhased by Jacques Helft directly from Soviet Government (850 pieces). 1932, Comte Horodiski. 1952, Bertha Wallace, Paris. 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)

Credit Line

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