Set of 24 Gold Dessert Knives with Reverse-Gilded Glass Handles

Object Name: 
Set of 24 Gold Dessert Knives with Reverse-Gilded Glass Handles

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Object Name: 
Set of 24 Gold Dessert Knives with Reverse-Gilded Glass Handles
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
2018.3.1
Dimensions: 
(1-24) Knives H: 0.3 cm, W: 18.1 cm, D: 1.3 cm; (25) Wooden Case H: 3.6 cm, W: 32.8 cm, D: 16.4 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1805-1810
Credit Line: 
Purchased in part with funds from Dwight and Lorri Lanmon
Web Description: 
The decoration on the handles was inspired by popular artworks of the time, including Napoleonic battle scenes.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Galerie J. Kugel, Source
2003
to
2018-01-24
Color: 
Inscription: 
P [image of a scraper] B
mark
Stamped [-1 through -24] on knife blades Mark of the Parisian goldsmith Pierre Bizos, who became a Master in 1800 and worked until his death in 1811.
8 [image of a head of a bearded man] 3
mark
Stamped [-1 through -24] on knife blades Parisian assay mark for gold; stamp of the grosse garantie, used in Paris from 19 June 1798 until 31 August 1809.
3 / [image of a pecking rooster]
mark
Stamped [-1 through -24] on knife blades Parisian assay mark for gold; "3" stands for 3rd title for jewels, used in Paris from 19 June 1798 until 31 August 1809.
Primary Description: 
Set of 24 Gold Dessert Knives with Reverse-Gilded Glass Handles. (-1 through -24) Twenty-four gold knives. Each knife is formed of a gold blade attached to a reverse-gilded glass handle. On either side of each handle is a different figural scene in gold leaf against a black 'lacquered' background. The scenes are drawn from several sources, both historical and contemporary, and include frolicking children, warring centaurs, bacchanalian dances, and Napoleonic battles. (-25) Fitted wooden case lined with red velvet. Case decorated with reverse-gilded glass plaques.
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2018 (2019) illustrated, p. 22; BIB# 718683
Objects in Focus (2018) illustrated, p. 17; BIB# 714738