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Silver-gilt milk-jug

French (Paris)
Probably by Ambroise-Nicolas Cousinet

Object Place: Europe, Paris, France


9.2 x 12 cm (3 5/8 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

metal; silver

Not On View





A small silver-gilt milk jug. The plain baluster body has a molded rim around the base of the detachable turned wooden handle and a small fluted spout. The hinged cover is engraved with several concentric rings. The applied thumbpieceis mushroom shaped and fluted on the front. The finial is baluster shaped.


Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, ANC, a serpent (Nocq, p. 310). Warden's Mark: 1779-1780: a crowned q (Dennis, 309).
Charge Mark: for largework, 1775-1781: a crowned A (Dennis, 309).
Discharge Mark: for small work 17 75-1781: a monkey's head (Dennis, 309).
The Maker's, Warden's and Charge marks are on the base and the interior of the lid, the Discharge mark is on the rim of the cover and the body.


By 1900, Madame Leon Helft. By 1910, Bernard Franck. By 1926, Collection Puiforcat [see note 1]. January 11, 1960, sold by S. J. Phillips, London, to 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)

[1] Exhibited in 1926 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, cat. #465.

Credit Line

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