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Wine taster: M.58-1961

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Desnos, Pierre II




Silver; low circular bowl with kidney-shaped thumb-piece and finger ring

Silver; the circular bowl has slightly bulbous sides, and slightly raised base. The kidney shaped thumb-piece is attached to the bowl by leaf-shaped scrolls, undher wish is a finger ring. The upper surface is inscribed 'AVEC LE TEMPS' and engraved with a flaming heart and a cupid holding a hammer. The side of the bowl is inscribed 'J Laisney'.


History note: Not know before testator; Louis C.G. Clarke, MA, LL.D, Cambridge

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Weight: 120 g
Weight: 3: 17 oz: dwt

Place(s) associated

  • Rouen ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960-12-13) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, Mid
Louis XV
Production date: AD 1754


Pierre II Desnos was master in 1721; garde in 1726, and was recorded up to 1767.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

To Top Of Handle Height 4.4 cm Height 1¾ in
Rim To Handle Width 11.5 cm Width 4½ in

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On the rim of the handle
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: J Laisney
  • Location: On the side of the bowl
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: 'LC' within a circle

  • Location: On the base of the bowl
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Ownership inscription

Inscription present: 'S' crowned

  • Location: On outside of rim
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Warden's mark

Inscription present: 'PD' crown and Paschal Lamb above; fleur de lys below

  • Location: On outside of rim and on the underside of the handle
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: B with crown above (used between 1750 and 1756)

  • Location: On outside of rim
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Charge mark

Inscription present: the head of a bird or animal

  • Location: On outside of rim
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Discharge mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.58-1961
Primary reference Number: 119298
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 17 December 2015 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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