Tureen and Stand

Silver covered dish standing on paw feet on a lobed liner. The dish has two handles supported by cupids and is decorated with chased ornaments, leaf moldings, and central medallion with engraved coat of arms.
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  • Silver covered dish standing on paw feet on a lobed liner. The dish has two handles supported by cupids and is decorated with chased ornaments, leaf moldings, and central medallion with engraved coat of arms.

Date:

1773/74

Artist:

Marked as by Jean-Françoise Dapcher
French, 1721–1780
Attributed to François-Thomas Germain
French, 1726–1791

About this artwork

Jean-François Dapcher, whose maker’s mark is on this early Neoclassical tureen, was a pupil of the great Parisian silversmith and goldsmith François-Thomas Germain (1726–1791). At the time the tureen was produced, Germain was on the run for bankruptcy, and forbidden by law from making or marking silver. This may have obliged him to leave his masterworks unsigned and opt for cover by his apprentice, Dapcher.

The Stroganov coat of arms, emblem of one of the grandest Russian noble families, is prominently featured on both sides of the tureen in an oval shield. The tureen was produced for Count Alexander Sergeyevitch Stroganov, Russian ambassador to London and Naples and a renowned collector and patron of the arts. Like most Russian nobles, Count Alexander loved French culture and commissioned luxurious objects from Parisian craftsmen. Only one other piece from this dinner service is known to have survived. Beef Stroganoff must have been named for a later member of the family as the recipe first appears in a cookbook only in 1861.

On View

European Decorative Art, Gallery 233

Artist

François-Thomas Germain

Title

Tureen and Stand

Origin

France

Date

1773–1774

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Mark: JF surmounted by tower, dexter female head, A,K, lobed flower. Lid - A crowned, K crowned; Tureen - A crowned, maker's mark and, n rim, two discharge marks; Stand - A crowned K crowned (3 times), maker's mark (3 times), rosette, and, on rim, discharge mark; Inventory numbers: lid and stand: "No. 3.29 and 3.30"; tureen and liner: "No. 2.29 and 57.30"

Dimensions

Overall: H. 34.3 cm (13 3/4 in.); Diam. 49.2 cm (19 3/8 in.) Tureen: 28.6 × 42.6 × 29.2 (11 1/4 × 16 3/4 × 11 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Buckingham Fund

Reference Number

1958.510a-b

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 .

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