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Martin-Guillaume Biennais (French, 1764–1843, active ca. 1796–1819)

Date:
1797–1809
Culture:
French (Paris)
Medium:
Silver gilt
Dimensions:
H. 13-1/8 in. (33.3 cm.)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1934
Accession Number:
34.12.1
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Scratched inventory number: 1638 24 or 1658 24

    Marking: [1] B, 2 pellets, a monkey abover, in a vertical lozenge (maker's mark)
    [2] Head of Apollo with 1, in an oval (unofficial quality mark for first standard silver, 1794-97)
    [3] Cock, flanked by A and 1, in vertical octagon (Paris mark for first standard silver, 1798-1809)
    [4] Man's head, flanked by 8 and 5, inverted and reversed, in a circle (Paris medium excise mark, 1798-1809)
    [5] An ear (Paris medium census mark, 1809-1819)

    Location of marks:
    [1], [2] inside cover, on each leg
    [3], [4] on neck, and on insetting rim of cover
    [5] on rim of lip

  • Provenance

    Princes Borghese (ca. 1803?–1892; sale, Palazzo Borghese, Rome, March 28– –April 9, 1892, no. 20); Don Antonio Licata, Prince of Baucina (from 1892) ; Ercole Canessa , Naples, Italy (after 1892–before 1924) ; Edith Rockefeller McCormick (by 1924–34; sale, American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, New York, January 2–6, 1934, no. 698; to MMA)

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