This encrier is one of four known; one with the arms of The House of Savoy and having a central flaming urn to the back and a platform base was sold from the André Meyer Collection, Christie's New York, 26 October 2002, lot 10 ($80,000). A closely related encrier undoubtedly executed in the same workshop and formerly in the the Wrightsman Collection, was sold anonymously at Christie's New York, 30 October 1993, lot 272 ($85,000). Formerly in the collection of the marquis de Galard, it is no doubt of identical design to the original form of this inkstand before its alteration; having two flaming urns centered by a bell, and the raised compartments for ink and sand to the front, however lacking a monogram. The fourth encrier is in a private French collection. A number of neo-classical motifs, notably the eagle supports and the flaming-urns, first appear in the designs of the architect Victor Louis and the maître-sculpteur Jean-Louis Prieur for Stanislas-Augustus, King of Poland in 1765-1766 (see S. Eriksen, Early Neo-Classicism in France, 1974, pp. 352, 390-1, pl. 205, 209). For that Royal commission, Prieur and Philippe Caffiéri seem to have enjoyed the lion's-share of subsequent contracts, which lasted from 1766 into the early 1770's.