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    Sale 7550

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    9 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 65

    A FRENCH GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH TWO ENGLISH PORTRAIT MINIATURES

    BY ALEXANDRE-RAOUL MOREL (FL. 1833-1850), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1840, WITH INVENTORY NUMBER 103, THE MINIATURES BY RICHARD COSWAY, R.A. (BRITISH, 1742-1821), CIRCA 1775/1780

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    A FRENCH GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH TWO ENGLISH PORTRAIT MINIATURES
    BY ALEXANDRE-RAOUL MOREL (FL. 1833-1850), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1840, WITH INVENTORY NUMBER 103, THE MINIATURES BY RICHARD COSWAY, R.A. (BRITISH, 1742-1821), CIRCA 1775/1780
    rectangular box with bombé sides, the cover chased with scrolls on a sablé ground and set with two oval watercolour on ivory miniatures, one of a gentleman in light green coat, white knotted cravat, hair en queue, the other of a lady in light green dress with pearl strand at shoulder, white Van Dyck collar, curling fair hair, and with initials 'H' and 'L' in diamonds, the sides and base chased with scrolls and a diaper pattern, Royal French fleur-de-lys spandrels
    3½ in. (89 mm.) wide


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    A very similar box by Morel but set with a pair of miniatures by Joseph-Hippolyte Lequeutre depicting the two French Royal children Henri Comte de Chambord and his sister Louise, Duchess of Parma, were sold in Rennes, Maîtres J. Livinec, Ch. Pincemin and X. Gauducheau, 13 June 1995. That box had been presented by the Comte de Chambord and his sister to the Comte de Pradel.

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