Silver that weighs more than the roast beef when the maid brings in the platter. Made by François-Thomas Germain, (1726–1791) royal silversmith and sculptor to the King of France.

"La Machine d'Argent"
“La Machine d’Argent” or surtout de table” which depicts a rabbit, an ortolan, a snipe with a long beak, and a variety of vegetables including a cauliflower, onion, turnip and gherkin.mushroom. Leafy plants peek out at the edges of a rocky ground evoking the earthen floor of a wood or glade. 1754. French. Silver. Engraved underneath Engraved underneath: “F.T. GERMAIN. SCULPTEUR ORFEVRE DU ROY FECIT. 1754 A PARIS.” Struck with various stamps. Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/226276/francois-thomas-germain-la-machine-d’argent-or-centerpiece-for-a-table-surtout-de-table-french-1754/
Dish cover with a hunting theme
Dish cover with a hunting theme with a ten lobed oval base-plate upon which is set a rocky hillock topped with a stump with a hound crouching with the spoils of the hunt, several dead birds and a dead rabbit. Also features a hunting horn, dead hare and game basket which hang from the stump with various vegetables scattered around that were used to season the sauce for game. Part of a 1755 commission after the Lisbon earthquake of that year destroyed the Portuguese king’s silver. 1755. French. Silver. Image © R.M.N./Chuzeville. Collection of the Louvre, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/dish-cover
Gravy boat. 1762.
Gravy boat. 1762. French. Silver. Collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon. Photo credit: Sailko. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fran%C3%A7ois-thomas_germain,_coppia_di_salsiere,_parigi_1762,_02.jpg
Centerpiece in three pieces with cherubs. 1766.
Centerpiece in three pieces with cherubs. 1766. Silver. French. Collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon. Photo credit: Sailko. Cc0 license 3.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fran%C3%A7ois-thomas_germain,_centrotavola_in_tre_pzzi_con_putti,_parigi_1766,_02.jpg

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