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    Sale 2004

    Important English, Continental and American Silver

    22 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 2

    A FRENCH TWO-COLOR GOLD BONBONNIERE

    MARK OF PIERRE-CHARLES MANÉ, PARIS, 1782-1789

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH TWO-COLOR GOLD BONBONNIERE
    MARK OF PIERRE-CHARLES MANÉ, PARIS, 1782-1789
    Circular, the cover, sides and base engine-turned and semé with trefoils, within chased foliate borders, marked inside base and cover, warden's marks indistinct, and on bezel, with charge and discharge marks of Henri Clavel, and with later French control marks
    2¼ in. (5.8 cm.) diameter; 2 oz. 10 dwt. (86 gr.)


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    Pierre-Charles Mané advertised in Le Journal de Paris on June 28, 1778, describing various objects decorated by guilloché, or engine-turning, declaring "toutes ces pièces tournées par le sieur Mané, orfèvre, rue des Arcis, presentées à l'Academie des Sciences, à qui il propose de les laisser comme des preuves de ce qu'il peut executér sur les tours dont la perfection lui appartient." (Nocq, p. 183) Mané remained at the rue des Arcis until 1793.