Pepper caster, Rainaud Levieux (master 1671, retired 1719, died 1723), Silver, French, Nîmes (Montpellier Mint)

Pepper caster

Maker:
Rainaud Levieux (master 1671, retired 1719, died 1723)
Date:
1704–8
Culture:
French, Nîmes (Montpellier Mint)
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Height: 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Bequest of Catherine D. Wentworth, 1948
Accession Number:
48.187.114a–c
Not on view
Marking: [1] Crowned fleur-de-lis, two pellets, R L, a snake with tail in mouth (maker's mark for Rainaud Levieux);
[2] Crowned dolphin (charge mark for Nîmes of under-farmer of Montpellier, 1704–12);
[3] Crowned palm tree, N, and crocodile (Nîmes warden's mark, 1704–8);
[4] Fleur-de-lis in lozenge (discharge mark for Nîmes of under-farmer of Montpellier, 1704–12);
[5] Boar's head (Paris restricted warranty mark for silver, 1838–79)

Location of marks:
[1]–[4] on bottom
[5] on bottom, on top rim, on finial
Lucien Metzger (until 1929; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, April 25–26, 1929, no. 112); Catherine D. Wentworth (until 1948; to MMA)