Artist Alexis Loir III, French, active 1733 - died 1785
Maker Etienne Pollet, French, active 1715 - 1751
Maker Antoine LeBrun, French, 1702-1758
Maker Sebastien Igonet, French, active 1725 - 1766 or later
  • Toilet Service of the Duchesse de Cadaval
Date between 1738 and 1739
Medium silver
Dimensions various dimensions
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Elizabeth Parke Firestone Collection of Early French Silver Fund, and Museum Purchase, Jill Ford Murray Fund
Accession Number V2014.6
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
Not On View
Marks various marks
ca. 1738, probably commissioned by Jaime de Mello, 3rd Duke of Cadaval, or by Louis of Lorraine, prince de Lambesc;
May 1739, Henriette-Julie-Gabrielle de Lorraine, Duchesse de Cadaval [1724-1761];
by descent to the family of the Dukes of Cadaval (Lisbon, Portugal);
1931, sold by 9th Duke of Cadaval;
1931, acquired by (Jacques Helft, Paris, France);
1952, Elizabeth and Harvey Firestone, Jr.;
1953-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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