On August 23 1756, the marchand-mercier Lazare Duvaux sold to Mme. la marquise de la Ferri/gere Un petit feu dor/ae d'or moulu compos/ae de figures chinoises avec ses garnitures de pelles et pincettes, 120l. The imprecise nature of the description, however, prevents categoric identification with any model.
A closely related pair, now in the musée du Louvre, was formerly in the collection of madame de Pompadour at the ch/cateau de Bellevue (illustrated in Dreyfus, Mus/aee du louvre: Les Objets d'Art du XVIIIe Si/gecle: Epoque Louis XV, pl.3. Other versions of this model include:- those said to be signed by Fran/dcois-Thomas Germain (ma/citre 1748-91), although a goldsmith rather than ciseleur-fondeur, illustrated in Connaissance des Arts, Le XVIIIe Si/gecle Fran/dcais, p.122, fig.C); a pair formerly in the collection of Lord Savile and subsequently owned by F.J. Nettlefold; another pair discussed in F.J.B. Watson, The Wrightsman Collection - II, New York, 1966, nos. 192 AB; and a final pair in the collection of the Duke of Marlborough at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.
An almost identical pair of chenets, but with the figures in bronze is illustrated in Émile Molinier, La Collection Wallace. Meubles et Objets d'Art Français des XVIIe et XVIIIe Sihcles, Paris/London, 1902, p.23.