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    Sale 1940

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    25 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 370

    A NAPOLEON III GILT-METAL-MOUNTED CUT BRASS, TORTOISESHELL AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID EBONISED 'BOULLE' PRESENTATION BOX**

    THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A NAPOLEON III GILT-METAL-MOUNTED CUT BRASS, TORTOISESHELL AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID EBONISED 'BOULLE' PRESENTATION BOX**
    THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The hinged top inlaid overall with scrolling foliage and dragons, centred by a plaque engraved Maria Vergara, on foliate-cast feet, the interior applied with a trade card embossed with AUGUSTE LEFéBURE/MéDAILLE D'HONNEUR/EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE/1855
    Closed: 3½ in. (9 cm.) high; 17½ in. (44.5 cm.) wide; 13 in. (33 cm.) deep


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    This presentation box bearing an embossed trade card and the name of Maria Vergara (recipient) would have likely held various lace articles produced by the Parisian textile firm of Auguste LeFébure. In a journal published by the Canadian Executive Committee for the Paris Exhibition in 1855, Fébure's acclaimed pavilion is described as being along the same 'avenue' as those of Barbedienne, Baccarat and Tahan.

    Special Notice

    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.


    Literature

    Canadian Executive Committee for the Paris Exhibition, Canada at the Universal Exhibition of 1855, Montreal, 1855.