• 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 244

    A LOUIS XVI GILT-EMBOSSED LEATHER BOX CONTAINING SEMI-PRECIOUS STONE TURTLES

    THE BOX CIRCA 1775, THE COLLECTION RETAILED BY LEON GRUEL, PARIS

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XVI GILT-EMBOSSED LEATHER BOX CONTAINING SEMI-PRECIOUS STONE TURTLES
    THE BOX CIRCA 1775, THE COLLECTION RETAILED BY LEON GRUEL, PARIS
    Now fitted to enclose a collection of vari-sized turtles carved out of semi-precious stones, ivory, coral and tortoiseshell, some gold-mounted, comprising:
    Two trays, the top with nineteen turtles, the lower with fifteen larger carvings; the turtles including a Japanese Netsuke with a baby turtle resting on a larger turtle, one in the form of scent bottle, one a gold-mounted eyeglass, one a silver-mounted rock crystal box, one of faceted citrines, another in the form of a gold-mounted walnut; the hardstones including tiger's eye, rock crystal, lapis lazuli, amethyst, tourmaline and a variety of quartzes, a number of the turtles mounted with diamond, ruby and sapphire eyes
    the box - 4 5/8 in. (37 cm.) wide; the turtles - from 1 in. (25 mm.) to 3 in. (76 mm.) long


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    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Provenance

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