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Dish with cover (part of a dining service)

Maker:
Martin-Guillaume Biennais (French, 1764–1843, active ca. 1796–1819)
Date:
ca. 1805
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Silver gilt
Dimensions:
4 1/4 × 10 1/4 in. (10.8 × 26 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Audrey B. Love, in memory of her husband, C. Ruxton Love Jr., 1974
Accession Number:
1974.378.3a, b
Not on view
Inscription: On inside cover of .3b: [1] Biennais Orfévre [sic] de S.M. l'Empereur et. Roi à paris

On underside of dish .3a: [2] BIENNAIS

Marking: [1] a B, 2 pellets, a monkey, in a lozenge (maker's mark of Biennais)
[2] Head of Apollo with numeral 1, in an oval (unofficial assay mark for first standard silver, 1794–97)
[3] A cock, flanked by A and I, in a vertical octagon (official assay mark for first standard silver, 1798–1809)
[4] A man's head, flanked by numerals 8 and 5 reversed and inverted, in a circle (excise mark for medium-sized work, 1798–1809)

Location of marks:
[1], [2] underside of dishes .2a–.5a and inside cover of .2b and .5b
[3] underside dishes and inside covers of .2a, b–.5a, b
[4] underside of dishes and outer rim of covers of .2a, b–.5a, b
Mrs. Hamilton L. Hoppin ; Erving and Van Rensselaer Pruyn ; Audrey B. Love (until 1974; to MMA)
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