Skip to Content
Today Open today 11–5

Sauceboat and Stand (one of a pair)

A work made of gilt silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of gilt silver.

Date:

c. 1794-1819

Artist:

Martin-Guillaume Biennais (French, 1764-1843)
Probably designed after Charles Percier (French, 1764-1838) and
Pierre François Léonard Fontaine (French, 1762-1853)
Paris, France

About this artwork

This sauceboat and stand is part of a vast service made for Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister Pauline on the occasion of her marriage to the Roman nobleman Camillo Borghese, Sixth Prince of Sulmona.

In the years after the French Revolution, architects and designers adopted the visual language of ancient Greece and Rome to express the new imperial order. Napoleon, hoping to promote Paris’s luxury trades, commissioned several silver dinner services as gifts to be sent abroad. The slender outlines and smooth surfaces of the vessels in the Borghese service contrast with the rich decoration.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Artist

Martin-Guillaume Biennais

Title

Sauceboat and Stand (one of a pair)

Place

Paris (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1794–1797

Medium

Gilt silver

Inscriptions

MARKS: “[lozenge with seated monkey and two pellets above B, maker’s mark],” above waisted foot on flower front body of sauce boat (mark partially defaced); “[head of Apollo with 1 in oval shield, unofficial Paris assay mark 1794-97],” above waisted foot on lower front of body of sauceboat (mark partially defaced) and under surface of loop handled (mark defaced); “[cock in vertical octagonal shield with 1 at lower right, Paris assay mark 1798-1809],” proper right side of rear of sauceboat to right of handle; “[ear form punch, Paris recense mark 1809-19] / [male head in circular punch flanked by 8 and 5, Paris excise mark 1798-1809],” lower rim of foot of sauceboat; “[helmeted dexter head of Minerva in circular punch, Paris excise mark 1803-19] / [cock in horizontal octagonal shield with 1 at lower right, Paris assay mark 1809-19],” on underside of stand INSCRIPTIONS: “[Borghese armorials surmounted with Napoleonic Crown],” engraved on center of sauceboat

Dimensions

H.: 29.2 cm (11 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles V. Hickox

Reference Number

1966.114.1a-b

IIIF Manifest  The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) represents a set of open standards that enables rich access to digital media from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world.

Learn more.

https://api.artic.edu/api/v1/artworks/25164/manifest.json

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share