Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Tureen, 1794–1814
    Maker: Martin-Guillaume Biennais (French, 1764–1843); Designer: Charles Percier (French, 1764–1838); Designer: Pierre François Léonard Fontaine (French, 1762–1853)
    Silver gilt

    H. 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm), W. 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm), L. 20 1/8 in. (51.1 cm)
    Marks: [1] B, 2 pellets, a monkey above, 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 with 1, in horizontal octagon (Paris mark for first standard silver, 1809–19); [4] head of Minerva, in a circle (Paris medium excise mark for silver, 1809–19); [5] fasces with ax blade at center left (Paris restricted warranty mark for silver, 1809–19)
    Inscriptions: (engraved inside cover) Biennais Orfre de Sa Mté l'Empereur et Roi à Paris; (engraved underneath stand) Biennais, Orfèvre de S Mte l'Empereur et Roi: à Paris
    Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1934 (34.17.1a-c)

    This tureen is part of a large table service reputedly given by Napoleon I to his sister Pauline and her husband, Prince Camillo Borghese.

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    Tureen, 1794–1814
    Maker: Martin-Guillaume Biennais (French, 1764–1843); Designer: Charles Percier (French, 1764–1838); Designer: Pierre François Léonard Fontaine (French, 1762–1853)
    Silver gilt

    H. 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm), W. 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm), L. 20 1/8 in. (51.1 cm)
    Marks: [1] B, 2 pellets, a monkey above, 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 with 1, in horizontal octagon (Paris mark for first standard silver, 1809–19); [4] head of Minerva, in a circle (Paris medium excise mark for silver, 1809–19); [5] fasces with ax blade at center left (Paris restricted warranty mark for silver, 1809–19)
    Inscriptions: (engraved inside cover) Biennais Orfre de Sa Mté l'Empereur et Roi à Paris; (engraved underneath stand) Biennais, Orfèvre de S Mte l'Empereur et Roi: à Paris
    Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1934 (34.17.1a-c)


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