Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Tray (part of a service)

Maker:
Marc Jacquart (active by 1797, recorded 1829)
Date:
1809–19
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 1/4 × 26 1/4 × 39 1/2 in. (3.2 × 66.7 × 100.3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1938
Accession Number:
38.12.5
Not on view
This tea and coffee service (38.12.1–.5) is distinguished both by the enormous scale of its pieces and the high quality of the cast and applied decoration. While its sugar bowl is missing, the service is an unusually grand survivor of silver from the Napoleonic period. The mother-of-pearl handles add to the impression of luxury but also serve a functional purpose, as they do not conduct the heat generated by the hot liquids that the vessels contained.
Marking: [1] M J, thyrsus between, in lozenge (maker's mark for Marc Jacquart)
[2] Cock and numeral 1, in a horizontal octagon (Paris mark for first standard silver, 1809–19)
[3] Head of Minerva, in a circle (Paris medium excise mark, 1809–19)
[4] Fasces (Paris restricted warranty mark for silver, 1838–present)
[5] Boar's head (Paris restricted warranty mark for silver, 1838–79)

Location of marks:
[1] inside bottom in center, and on side under rim
[2] on side under rim
[3], [5] inside bottom in center
Prince Henry Lubomyrski (by 1929–32; to Helft) ; [ Jacques Helft , 1932–38; sold to MMA ]
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