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François-Thomas Germain (French, 1726 - 1791)




Paris, France (Place created)


1750 to 1756




3.5 × 21.9 × 20 cm (1 3/8 × 8 5/8 × 7 7/8 in.)

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This small tray once carried two lidded pots for cosmetics, which would have sat on the two circular spaces in the design. The tray probably formed part of a larger toilet service consisting of a matching mirror, brushes, combs, and assorted pots and boxes for makeup and jewelry. The center of the tray displays the engraved arms of the marquis de Menars.

The toilet service was first developed at the end of the 1600s in France, where it was often given as a wedding present to the bride from her new husband. The range of boxes and containers, sometimes consisting of more than thirty pieces, was arranged on her dressing table, creating an impressive display when she received guests in her bedroom, as was the custom of the day.


Marquis de Ménard, as part of a service de toilette


Possibly Junius Spencer Morgan, American, 1867 - 1932 (New York City, New York)


Possibly Louis-Victor Tabouret Puiforcat, French, died 1955 (Paris, France), father of Jean Puiforcat

by 1926 - 1945

Jean Puiforcat, French, 1897 - 1945 (Paris, France; then Urrugne, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France until 1940; then Mexico until October 1945)


Jacques Helft, French, 1891 - 1980 (Paris, France until 1940 and again from 1946; New York City, New York active 1940 - 1948)

1950 - 1971

David David-Weill, French / American, 1871 - 1952 (Paris, France) [sold after his death, Palais Galliera, Paris, November 24, 1971, no. 24, to the J. Paul Getty Museum]

Exposition d'orfèvrerie française civile du XVIe siècle au début du XIXe (April 12 to May 12, 1926)
  • Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), April 12 to May 12, 1926
Three French Reigns (Louis XIV, XV & XVI). Exhibition in Aid of the Royal Northern Hospital (February 1933 to April 1933)
  • 25 Park Lane (London), February to April, 1933
Three Centuries of French Domestic Silver (May 18 to September 18, 1938)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), May 18 to September 18, 1938

Exposition d'orfèvrerie française civile du XVIe siècle au début du XIXe: 12 avril 1926-12 mai 1926, Musée des arts décoratifs, Palais du Louvre, Pavillon de Marsan (Paris: Le Musée, 1926), p. 17, no. 91 (lent by M[onsieur] Puiforcat).

Three Centuries of French Domestic Silver: An Exhibition Held May 18 through September 18, New York, 1938, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York: The Museum, 1938), no. 85, fig. 85 (lent by Puiforcat).

Brault, Solange, and Yves Bottineau. L'orfèvrerie française du XVIIIe siècle (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1959), p. 186, pl. 17.

Dennis, Faith. Three Centuries of French Domestic Silver: Its Makers and Its Marks. 2 vols. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1960), vol. 1, pp. 19-21, 116-17, fig. 149.

Nocq, Henry. Le Poinçon de Paris: Répertoire des maîtres-orfèvres de la juridiction de Paris depuis le Moyen-âge jusqu'à la fin du XVIIIe siècle. 5 vols. (Paris: Léonce Laget, 1968), vol. 2, p. 243, ill.

Sassoon, Adrian, and Gillian Wilson. Decorative Arts: A Handbook of the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 69, no. 153.

Whitehead, John. The French Interior in the Eighteenth Century (London: Laurence King, 1992), p. 229, ill.

Perrin, Christiane. François Thomas Germain: orfèvre des rois (Saint-Rémy-en-l'Eau: Éditions d'Art Monelle Hayot, 1993), p. 110 and p. 276 note 115, ill. p. 111.

Bremer-David, Charissa, et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), p. 115, no. 191.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 98, no. 197.

Fuhring, Peter. Designing the Décor: French Drawings from the Eighteenth Century (Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2005), pp. 156-165, entries 51-56, and p. 328, note 1.