9 December 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 11,250
Estimate GBP 5,000 - GBP 7,000
A GEORGE II GOLD COVERED NÉCESSAIRE
PROBABLY LONDON, CIRCA 1760
upright case of oval section, the lower part slightly bombé, decorated with embossed gold scrolls with architectural elements on a matted ground, the gold interior of the base containing a pair of faceted glass scent bottles with gold rocaille stoppers, a gold hinged mirror case, the cover chased with a musician playing the flute, a gold spool and thimble, a detachable steel screw-on handle to fit a gold spoon and toothpick and two steel scraping devices, the sides of the cover interior lined with scarlet plush
2¼ in. (57 mm.) high (8)
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Sotheby's, Zurich, 16 November 1977, lot 43.
Almost certainly unique, this exceptional domino set and music box has the most illustrious and fascinating provenance
Accessories for the 18th-century fop — as offered in our Chinese Export Art sale in New York on 18 January