19 May 1997
A FRENCH SILVER-GILT MODEL OF A PORCUPINE
maker's mark of Martin-Guillaume Biennais, Paris, 1809-1819
On octagonal guilloche and fluted base resting on eight paw feet, the centre chased with anthemion and scrolling foliage on matted ground, the tubular stem with band of treilliswork supporting oval stand with berry and foliage border and applied cast model of a porcupine, marked on base and stand, the porcupine with French Empire guarantee mark
16 cm. (6¼ in.) high
450 gr. (14 oz.)
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Compare an early 19th Century design for a model of a porcupine presumably intended as a toothpick holder in the collection of Odiot, illustrated above.
We are grateful to Mr Olivier Gaube du Gers of Odiot for supplying the above information.
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