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


Martin-Guillaume Biennais (French, 1764–1843, active ca. 1796–1819)
French, Paris
Silver gilt
Height: 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1934
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 553
This coffeepot came from the Borghese service.
Inscription: Scratched inventory number: 1638 24 or 1658 24

Marking: Struck inside cover, on each leg: [1] B, 2 pellets, a monkey above, in a vertical lozenge (maker's mark of Biennais); [2] Head of Apollo with 1, in an oval (unofficial quality mark for first standard silver, 1794–97); struck on neck, and on insetting rim of cover: [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); struck on rim of lip [5] An ear (Paris medium census mark, 1809–19)
Princes Borghese (ca. 1803?–1892; sale, Palazzo Borghese, Rome, March 28– –April 9, 1892, no. 20; sold to Licata); Don Antonio Licata, Prince of Baucina (from 1892) ; Ercole Canessa , Naples, Italy (after 1892–before 1924) ; Edith Rockefeller McCormick , Chicago (by 1924–34; sale, American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, New York, January 2–6, 1934, no. 698; sold to MMA)