• The Manolo March Collection Fr auction at Christies

    Sale 7817

    The Manolo March Collection From Son Galcerán, Mallorca

    28 - 29 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 243

    A LOUIS XV GILT-EMBOSSED LEATHER BOX CONTAINING 18TH AND 19TH CENTURY BUTTONS

    THE BOX CIRCA 1740, RETAILED BY LEON GRUEL, PARIS

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XV GILT-EMBOSSED LEATHER BOX CONTAINING 18TH AND 19TH CENTURY BUTTONS
    THE BOX CIRCA 1740, RETAILED BY LEON GRUEL, PARIS
    The lid embossed with the coat-of-arms of Melun, Prince d'Epinoy and Duc de Joyeuse and now adapted to enclose nine layers of buttons, the top layer of fifteen porcelain buttons painted with songbirds; the first drawer of forty-six emerald and diamond paste-set buttons; the second drawer of thirty-three Wedgewood and giltmetal and black tôle buttons, one depicting Montgolfier's balloon; the third drawer of thirty-one buttons set with portrait miniatures of royalty and French satirical scenes; the fourth drawer of thirty-seven diamond paste and painted gilt-glass buttons; the fifth drawer of twenty-five painted silk and ivory buttons depicting Louis XVI and his court; the sixth drawer of thirty-three painted glass and grisaille landscape-set buttons; the seventh drawer of watercolour landscape and sepia figure-set buttons; the eighth drawer of thirty-two mother-of-pearl, paste, glass and cloisonné enamel buttons
    the box - 20 1/8 in. (51 cm.) wide; the buttons - from ¾ in. (17 mm.) to 1½ in. (38 mm.) diam.


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    The Victoria and Albert Museum's Textile Collection contains Wedgewood buttons of 1785-1800 for a man's formal coat (Inv. No. 276 to N-1866), similar to those found in drawer two of the present lot (Inv. No. 276 to N-1866). The Victoria and Albert Collection also contains cut-steel buttons of circa 1795 (Inv. No. M.29-1997), which are related in technique to those in drawer three of the box.

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    Provenance

    With Boyll, Paris.
    Acquired through Pierre Delbée by Don Bartolomé March Servera for the Library in Miguel Angel, Madrid, circa 1965.