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French (Paris)
François Riel (master in 1769, died in 1788)

Object Place: Europe, France


5.8 x 16.3 x 11.1 cm (2 5/16 x 6 7/16 x 4 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

On View

Ann and Graham Gund Gallery (Gallery LG31)





A round spittoon, the body slightly bombe and chased with swags of berried laurel. Ring handle and scroll thumbpiece. The funnel lid hinged with a border of ribbon-bound reeds.


Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lys, 2 grains, FR, a heart (Nocq II p 402): Underside of lid, Underside of bowl. Warden's Mark: 1772-73, a crowned I (Dennis 132): Underside of lid, Underside of bowl. Charge Mark: for large work, 1768-1775, a crowned A (Dennis 132): Underside of bowl. Discharge Mark: for work intended for export, 1733 (?)-1775, a little cow (Dennis 150): Rim. Other: Import mark: from 1864 for work from countries sharing a Commerce treaty, an ant in an oval shield (Arminjon et al p 41): Lid interior, body to right on handle.


1912, Paul Cailleux (dealer), France. 1926, Henri Viguier (b. 1877 - d. 1967), Chateau de Bouges, France. 1935, Puiforcat (probably Louis-Victor Puiforcat, d. 1955), Paris [see note]. April 28, 1967, sold by S. J. Phillips, Ltd., London, 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)

NOTE: Provenance information between 1912 and 1935 is taken from research notes in the MFA curatorial files.

Credit Line

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