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Sponge box on circular base

French (Paris)
Probably by Francois Corbie (Master 1777; died after 1793)

Object Place: Europe, Paris, France


Overall: 5.6 cm, 2.15 oz. (2 3/16 in., 0.13 lb.) Other (Overall): 5.4cm (2 1/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View





Small sponge box with spherical body on molded circular foot. Base plain with a band of pierced alternating circles and ovals, and a molded rim. Hinged cover has a molded rim and a shaped applied thumbpiece. The cover is pierced with floral motifs and scrolling foliage, and has two concentric reeded bands encircling the top.


Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, FCB, probably an ear of corn, making it by Corbie (Nocq, p.296).
Warden's Mark: 1780-1781: a crowned R (Dennis, 20).
Charge Mark: 1781-1783 for medium-sized work: interlaced foliate L's (Dennis, 19). Discharge Mark: 1781-1783 for small work: a cherub's head (Dennis, 84). Other: guarantee mark used after 1838 for medium-sized works: a small boar's head (Tardy, p.173).
Location of marks: maker's on underside of bowl, inside lid, center; warden's on underside of bowl, inside lid, center; charge on underside of bowl, inside lid, center; discharge on outside of foot, outside lid


1926, Edmond Guérin, Paris [see note 1]. May 16, 1952, sold by Au Vieux Paris (gallery), 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] He lent this to the Exposition d'Orfèvrerie Française Civile du XVIe siècle au début du XIXe (Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, April 12- May 12, 1926), cat. no. 389.

Credit Line

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