Artist Michel de la Pierre, French, active 1737-1785
Title
  • Ewer
Date between 1749 and 1750
Medium silver
Dimensions Overall: 10 × 7 1/4 × 4 5/8 inches, 2 pounds (25.4 × 18.4 × 11.7 cm, 0.9 kg)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Elizabeth Parke Firestone Collection of Early French Silver Fund
Accession Number 57.73
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View Fashionable Living: S330.1, Level 3 (see map)
Marks Mark: l [crowned, Paris 1749; under administration of Antoine l'Echaudel.]
Marks: [fleur de lis crowned] M.P.D.L [Master silversmith Michel de la Pierre] [rock]
by 1908, (Les fils de Leon Helft, Paris, France);
by 1912, Etienne Accary (Paris, France);
February 23-24, 1939, sold by (Hôtel Drouot, Paris, France) lot 148;
by 1954, Ricardo Espirito Santo Silva (Lisbon, Portugal);
Mme. Ricardo Espirito Santo Silva (Lisbon, Portugal);
1956, purchased by Elizabeth and Harvey Firestone, Jr. for the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Les trésors de l'Orfèvrerie du Portugal. Exh. cat., Musée des Arts Decoratifs. Paris, 1954-1955, no. 366 (pl. 174).

Albainy, T. "Eighteenth-Century French Silver in the Elizabeth Parke Firestone Collection." Bulletin of the DIA 73, no. 1/2 (1999): p. 23 (fig. 13).