Part of a large table service reputedly given by Napoleon I to his sister, Pauline, and her husband, Prince Camillo Borghese.
Inscription: Engraved under each foot:  Biennais / Orfre de S.M. / l'Empereur et Roi / à Paris; scratched under base of .2:  1632 24 (possible inventory number)
Marking:  B, 2 pellets, a monkey above, in a vertical lozenge (maker's mark of Biennais)  Head of Apollo with 1, in an oval (unofficial quality mark for first standard silver, 1794–97)  Cock with 1, in horizontal octagon (Paris mark for first standard silver, 1809–19)  Head of Minerva, in a circle (Paris medium excise mark for silver, 1809–19)  Fasces with ax blade at center left (Paris restricted warranty mark for silver, 1809–19)
Location of marks: ,  on main shaft, each branch and under base of each ,  on center nozzle, rim of base, and sockets of bobêches of each  on central shaft and branches of each
Princes Borghese (ca. 1803?–1892; sale, Palazzo Borghese, Rome, March 28– April 9, 1892, no. 24); Don Antonio Licata, Prince of Baucina (from 1892; sold to Canessa) ; Ercole Canessa , Naples, Italy (after 1892–before 1924; to McCormick) ; Edith Rockefeller McCormick , Chicago (by 1924–34; sale, American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, New York, January 2–6, 1934, no. 703; sold to Helft for $1,400); [ Les Fils de Léon Helft , 1934; sold to MMA ]