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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 108

    AN IMPORTANT LOUIS XV SILVER-MOUNTED PORCELAIN AND KINGWOOD PARQUETRY TRAVELLING NECESSAIRE

    THE PORCELAIN SAINT-CLOUD, CIRCA 1746, THE SILVER-MOUNTS OF MOST PIECES WITH THE MARK OF PIERRE-AYMÉ JOUBERT, PARIS, 1746 AND 1747, THE OTHER PIECES MARKED ONLY WITH THE DÉCHARGE OF ANTOINE LESCHAUDEL, CIRCA 1746

    Price Realised  

    AN IMPORTANT LOUIS XV SILVER-MOUNTED PORCELAIN AND KINGWOOD PARQUETRY TRAVELLING NECESSAIRE
    THE PORCELAIN SAINT-CLOUD, CIRCA 1746, THE SILVER-MOUNTS OF MOST PIECES WITH THE MARK OF PIERRE-AYMÉ JOUBERT, PARIS, 1746 AND 1747, THE OTHER PIECES MARKED ONLY WITH THE DÉCHARGE OF ANTOINE LESCHAUDEL, CIRCA 1746
    The white porcelain pieces each with flowering prunus branches in relief, comprising:

    A pear-shaped silver chocolate-pot and cover with stand and lamp, the pot and lamp each with turned-wood handle, the detachable cover with pivoting baluster finial, the pot marked underneath, near rim and inside cover, the stand marked inside rim and on one foot, the lamp marked underneath, inside cover and near rim
    8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) high

    A turned-ebony molinet for use with the silver chocolate-pot above, the rotating head carved with notched slats, the detachable handle with a bun-shaped finial
    12¼ in. (31 cm.) long

    A Saint-Cloud porcelain bullet-shaped teapot and cover, the detachable cover with a beaded silver-mounted rim, the tapering spout with a silver cover, the handle applied with silver strap, each connected to the baluster finial with a chain, the rim marked with the décharge of Antoine Leschaudel
    6½ in. (16.5 cm.) wide

    A cylindrical Saint-Cloud porcelain sugar-bowl and cover, the rim of the cover with a beaded silver-mount and baluster finial, fitted with a silvered-tin cannister with a pull-off cover, the rim marked with the décharge of Antoine Leschaudel
    4 3/8 in. (11 cm.) high

    A cylindrical Saint-Cloud porcelain cannister and cover, the rim of the cover with a beaded silver-mount and tapering finial, the rim with later silver-mount engraved with foliage scrolls on a textured ground, the cover rim marked with the décharge of Antoine Leschaudel
    5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) high and smaller

    A pair of cylindrical Saint-Cloud porcelain cannisters and covers, the rim of the cover of each with a beaded silver-mount, marked on the rim with the décharge of Antoine Leschaudel
    2¾ in. (7 cm.) high

    A pair of silver-mounted glass bottles and a pair of silver-mounted glass flasks, each facetted and with a silver-mounted neck and detachable silver stopper, the stoppers connected to the necks by a chain, each marked with the décharge of Antoine Leschaudel
    the bottles 5½ in. (14 cm.) high

    An oblong silver tea-caddy with pull-off globular cover, marked underneath and on neck
    3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm.) high

    A set of four Saint-Cloud porcelain tea-cups and saucers, the cups each tapering cylindrical with conforming saucers
    the saucers 5¼ in. (13 cm.) diam.

    A silver funnel, tapering and with a reeded rim, marked with the décharge of Antoine Leschaudel
    2½ in. (6.3 cm.) high

    Six silver Fiddle pattern teaspoons and a similar ladle, the teaspoons with maker's mark P? over B, star between, the ladle with maker's L? over G sceptre between, Paris, 1747

    All contained in a contemporary kingwood case with metal drop-ring handles and an oval lock-plate, the parquetry cover opening to reveal a fitted turquoise moiré silk lined interior, the rim stamped 'IB'
    the case 7½ in. (19 cm.) high; 18½ in. (47 cm.) wide; 14 in. (36 cm.) deep


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    This immaculate nécessaire beautifully embodies the union of a range of desirable materials; French soft-paste porcelain made to imitate blanc-de-chine, cut-glass, embellished with silver, as well as turned ebony; all housed in a silk-lined case veneered in a parquetry of exotic rosewood. It would have been considered the ultimate luxury at the time of manufacture and found use as travelling sets for the élite of European aristocracy as well as packaged as diplomatic Gifts.

    Intriguingly the silver mounts bear mid-18th century Parisian décharge marks as well as evidence of having been assayed in Madrid at about the time of the French Revolution, suggesting the necessaire might have accompanied its aristocratic owner into exil.

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    Provenance

    Acquired by the present owner's family in the early 20th century and thence by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN (LOTS 107-108)