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Charles Le Bastier (apprenticed 1738, master 1754, active 1783)

Date:
1768–69
Culture:
French (Paris)
Medium:
Gold, enamel, diamonds
Dimensions:
3-1/4 x 2-7/16 in. (8.3 x 6.2 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1117
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Number stamped inside bottom next to marks: 1744

    Marking: [1] crowned fleur-de-lis, 2 grains de remède, CLB, device a rose (maker's mark)
    [2] rosette of fleurons (Paris charge mark for gold and small silver, 1768-75)
    [3] crowned italic E (Paris warden's mark for gold, 1768-69)
    [4] little cow (Paris discharge mark for work intended for export, 1765-74[?]

    Location of marks:
    [1]-[3]: inside cover, bottom and front wall
    [4]: on bezel at right end

    The little cow mark has been traditionally dated "ca. 1733-1775" on the combined evidence of an export mark (not described) registered in August 1733 and its appearance, according to Jacques Helft (verbally), on silver bearing the 1732-38 charge mark. The dates 1764-74 are given by Michèle Bimbenet-Privat in La Datation de l'orfèvrerie parisienne sous l'ancien régime, Paris, 1995.

  • Provenance

    J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)

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