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    Sale 7550

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    9 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 168

    JEAN-BAPTISTE JACQUES AUGUSTIN (FRENCH, 1759-1832)

    A young gentleman, in brown coat with silvered buttons, white waistcoat and white shirt with pleated cravat, powdered hair

    Price Realised  

    JEAN-BAPTISTE JACQUES AUGUSTIN (FRENCH, 1759-1832)
    A young gentleman, in brown coat with silvered buttons, white waistcoat and white shirt with pleated cravat, powdered hair
    signed and dated 'Augustin. 1808.' (mid-left)
    oval, 1 15/16 in. (49 mm.) high, réverbère gold frame with translucent blue guilloché enamel border, by Adrien-Jean-Maximilien Vachette (1753-1839), marked, with the Parisian post-Revolutionary unofficial standard mark for 20.5 carat gold


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    Vachette was one of the best-known of the Parisian gold boxes makers at the turn of the 18th to the 19th Century. He struck his mark in 1779 and later worked together with Nitot, one of the court jewellers of Emperor Napoleon I. Henry Nocq (Le poinçon de Paris, Paris, 1968, [reprint], p. 76), praises Vachette: 'Avant et après la Révolution les plus belles tabatières d'or sont marquées du poinçon de Vachette'. The Louvre owns thirty-one boxes by Vachette, others are in the Wallace Collection, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Whilst Vachette was rather prolific as a gold box maker, his miniature pendant frames seem to be exceptionally rare.

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    Provenance

    With Galerie Kugel, Paris, in the late 1970s.