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    Sale 7806

    Lord St. Helens and Sir William FitzHerbert The Collections of a Diplomat and a Courtier

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 525

    A FINE FRENCH ENAMEL AND GOLD SNUFF-BOX

    BY GABRIEL-RAOUL MOREL (FL. 1797-1832), MARKED, WITH THE THIRD STANDARD AND EXCISE MARKS FOR GOLD, PARIS 1819-1838, THE UNOFFICIAL PARISIAN POST-REVOLUTIONARY STANDARD MARK FOR 18-CARAT GOLD, AND STRUCK WITH INVENTORY NUMBER 526

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    A FINE FRENCH ENAMEL AND GOLD SNUFF-BOX
    BY GABRIEL-RAOUL MOREL (FL. 1797-1832), MARKED, WITH THE THIRD STANDARD AND EXCISE MARKS FOR GOLD, PARIS 1819-1838, THE UNOFFICIAL PARISIAN POST-REVOLUTIONARY STANDARD MARK FOR 18-CARAT GOLD, AND STRUCK WITH INVENTORY NUMBER 526
    The rectangular box with rounded corners, the cover, base and sides inset with enamel plaques painted with Chinese scenes, within bright-cut engraved gold mounts, the four engraved side pilasters bearing columns with acanthus plinths and capitals
    3¼ in. (84 mm.) wide


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    A very similar snuff-box by Gabriel-Raoul Morel, inset with enamel plaques painted with domestic scenes after or in the manner of Jean-Baptiste Greuze, was sold Christie's, 9 December 2003, lot 223.

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    Provenance

    Alleyne FitzHerbert, 1st Baron St Helens (1753-1839).
    Thence by descent from Agnes FitzHerbert to her daughter, Judith (according to the accompanying handwritten note).