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Sugar caster (one of a pair)

Maker:
Nicolas Besnier (French, 1686–1754, master 1714)
Date:
1728–29
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Height: 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
38.164.2a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 551
Marking: [1] Crowned fleur-de-lis, 2 grains de remède, N B, device a star (maker's mark for Nicolas Besnier); [2] A crowned on side (Paris charge mark, 1726–32); [3] Crowned M (Paris warden's mark, 1728–29); [4] Crowned martlet (Paris discharge mark for medium-size work, 1726–32); [5] A fly (Paris countermark for gold and silver, 1744–50); [6] Duck's head (Paris countermark for gold and silver, 1750–56); [7] Boar's head (Paris restricted warranty mark for silver, 1838–79).

Location of marks:
[1]–[3] inside base and inside on wall of each
[4], [5] on rim of foot and insetting rim of cover of each
[6], [7] on rim of foot and on sabre fastening of each
[7] on rim of caster of each
Baron Jérôme Pichon , Paris (until 1878; sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 12–13, 1878 , nos. 114-115; sold for frs. 8850); Leboeuf de Mongermont , Paris (1885–91; sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 25–30, 1891, nos. 222-223; sold for frs. 9000); Edmund A. Phillips , London (until 1934; sale, Christie's, London, April 30, 1934, no. 123; sold to Bensimon for £430); [ Gaston Bensimon (from 1934) ] ; [ Jacques Helft , 1938; sold to MMA ]
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