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Dish with cover (part of dining service)

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

Date:
ca. 1805
Culture:
French (Paris)
Medium:
Silver gilt
Dimensions:
H. 4-1/4 in. (10.8 cm.); L. 10-1/4 in. (26.0 cm.)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Audrey B. Love, in memory of her husband, C. Ruxton Love Jr., 1974
Accession Number:
1974.378.4a, b
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: [1] Biennais Orfévre [sic] de S.M. l'Empereur et. Roi à paris (on inside cover of .2b-.5b, and on underside of dish .5a)
    [2] BIENNAIS (underside of dishes .2a-.4a)

    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 .2ab-.5ab
    [4] underside of dishes and outer rim of covers of .2ab-.5ab

  • Provenance

    Mrs. Hamilton L. Hoppin ; Erving and Van Rensselaer Pruyn ; Audrey B. Love (until 1974; to MMA)

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