Spirit barrel ("punch keg") and stand, before 1785
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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"Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World," Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary traveling exhibition, 2005-2008.
"An Image of Benjamin Franklin," University Hospital Antiques Show, 1963.
"Philadelphia Portrait," The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1982
"Benjamin Franklin and his Circle," Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1936.
Related Publications

."An Image of Benjamin Franklin," Catalogue of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital Antiques Show, 1963. The catalogue does not contain detailed description of individual objects; however, the barrel is listed among objects in the Loan Exhibit and visible in a photograph of the installation.

Benjamin Franklin and his Circle: A Catalogue of an Exhibition (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1936) (notes by R.T.H. Halsey, Joseph Downs, and Marshall Davidson) P. 140, no. 314. Not illus.

Detweiler, Susan Gray, "French Porcelain on Federal Tables," American Ceramic Circle Bulletin Number 3 p. 91, illus. Fig. 4.

Talbott, Page, ed., Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World (New Haven and London: Yale University, 2005) (companion book to exhibition of same title)

The spirit barrel and frame is reputed to have been given to Franklin by the Count d'Artois, brother of the French king and patron of the porcelain factory at Faubourg St. Denis. However, since the Comte was a young child, and the factory was under his protection (read "patronage"), it may be more realistic to say that the gift was possibly from the man supervising the pottery, possibly on the occasion of a visit by Franklin.
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