• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 197 C

    A 'GIRL-IN-A-SWING' GOLD-MOUNTED SNUFF-BOX-SCENT-BOTTLE AND STOPPER

    CIRCA 1755, CHARLES GOUYN'S FACTORY, ST. JAMES'S, LONDON

    Price Realised  

    A 'GIRL-IN-A-SWING' GOLD-MOUNTED SNUFF-BOX-SCENT-BOTTLE AND STOPPER
    CIRCA 1755, CHARLES GOUYN'S FACTORY, ST. JAMES'S, LONDON
    Modelled as Harlequin standing by a barrel, masked and wearing typical costume, holding a beaker of wine and a slap-stick, the mound and barrel painted with bouquets, scattered sprigs and an insect, the underside of the domed base painted with a flower-spray, the hinged mount to the barrel inscribed LE PLUS BON on enamel panels, the neck and stopper with mounts joined by a chain, the footrim mounted (restored to the rim of the barrel, Harlequin broken through ankles and restored, slap-stick partially lacking and restored, further minor small damages and repairs)
    3¾ in. (8.6 cm.) high


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    Cf. G.E. Bryant, The Chelsea Porcelain Toys (London, 1925), pl. 6 no. 4. Also see the Oscar Dusendschon Collection, sale Sotheby's, London, 6th December 1960, lot 8, and the Irwin Untermyer Collection example illustrated by Yvonne Hackenbroch, Chelsea and Other English Porcelain, pl. 62, fig. 161.

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    Provenance

    Emma Budge Collection, no. 650, sale Paul Graupe, Berlin, 27-29 September, 1937, lot 713.
    Otto and Magdalena Blohm Collection; Sotheby's London, 9 October 1961, lot 497.
    Stewart Granger Collection; Christie's London, 20 May 1963, lot 96 (900 gns. to the Antique Porcelain Company).
    Ernesto Blohm Collection, no. 89.


    Literature

    Robert Schmidt, Porcelain as an Art and a Mirror of Fashion, fig. 102.
    F. Hofmann, Das Porzellan, fig. 482.