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Wine taster

probably 1768–70
Gervais Laffite

Object Place: Europe, Bordeaux, France


3.1 x 11.8 cm (1 1/4 x 4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View





Wine taster with a shallow circular bowl and a mushroom shaped handle chased with scrolling foliage on a matted ground with a chased vine. Handle also has acircular ring grip underneath. Bowl is engraved I LEVEILE.


Maker's Mark: a crowned tower, two grains, GL (Helft, 276). Discharge Mark: 1762-1770: a crowned K (Helft, 276). Other: a crowned B, a grain, with somethingbelow, probably the Maison Commune for 1768-1770 because it is the only mark in 1762-1770 illustrated iwth the grain next to the B rather than below it (Helft, 278); Guarantee mark used after 1838 for medium sized work: a small crab (Tardy, p.173).

Credit Line

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