Sauceboat and Stand

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

Object Place: Europe, Paris, France


Overall: 13.8 x 39 x 22.6 cm, 2687.7 gm (5 7/16 x 15 3/8 x 8 7/8 in., 5.9 lb.) Other (sauceboat): 9.9 x 23.5 x 11.9 cm (3 7/8 x 9 1/4 x 4 11/16 in.) Other (stand): 6.1 x 22.6 x 39 cm (2 3/8 x 8 7/8 x 15 3/8 in.)

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Rickabaugh Family Lobby (LG30.4)





One of a pair of oval sauceboats and stands, the fluted oval bowls supported on rockwork bases with handles formed of branches of parsley and celery. The plateau with sunburst fluting, scrolled rim and handles, and a crowned monogram.
Overall weight: 88 oz.


Bowl engraved with a 5. Underside of rockwork base engraved: "FAIT PAR FT GERMAIN SCULP ORF DU ROY AUX GALLERIES DU LOUVRE A PARIS 1758." Inside of stand: "No 60.6m.7o.6o.
Plateau engraved on top: monogram "P1o" surmounted by a closed crown. Engraved on underside: "No-60m-13m"; "283"; "FAIT PAR FT GERMAIN SCULPr ORFre DU ROY AUX GALLERIES DU LOUVRE A PARIS 1759."


Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lys, 2 grains, FTG, a fleece (Dennis 149): undersides of bowl, plateau, and plateau rim, inside rim of rockwork support. Warden's Mark: 1756-57, a crowned Q (Dennis 155): underside of bowl, inside rim of rockwork support. 1758-59, a crowned S (Dennis 157): undersides of plateau and plateau rim.
Charge Mark: for large work, 1756-62,a crowned A (Dennis 156): undersides of bowl and plateau. Charge Mark: for small work, 1756-62, a harrow (Dennis 160): underside of plateau, inside rim of rockwork support.
Discharge mark: for work intended for export, 1733 (?)-1775, a little cow (Dennis 156): inside edge of bowl.
Import Mark, used from 1893, an ant in a square shield (Rosenberg IV #5907): rim of plateau.


1756-1759, made for José I de Bragança (b. 1714 - d. 1777), King of Portugal (original commission); by descent to his great-grandson, Pedro IV de Bragança (b. 1798 - d. 1834), King of Portugal and Emperor of Brazil; by descent to his daughter, Franziska Caroline de Bragança (b. 1824 - d. 1898), Infanta of Portugal and Brazil; by descent to her great-grandson, Henri d'Orléans (b. 1908 - d. 1999), Comte de Paris; possibly sold by the Comte de Paris to Ricardo Espirito Santo Silva (b. 1900 - d. 1955), Lisbon [see note 1]; 1957, sold by his widow, Mary Espirito Santo Silva, through E. Garin, Paris, 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)

[1] The provenance given here is based on information in Isabel da Silveira Godinho, A Baixela de Sua Majestade Fidelissima (Lisbon, 2002), p. 204.

Credit Line

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