• 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 284

    A GEORGE II GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE BOÎTE-À-DEUX-TABACS

    CIRCA 1740, THE FLANGE WITH LATER SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER '5470'

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE BOÎTE-À-DEUX-TABACS
    CIRCA 1740, THE FLANGE WITH LATER SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER '5470'
    Escutcheon-shaped box with two compartments and hinged covers, of semi-translucent sienna, yellow and grey banded agate panels mounted à cage, the gold mounts chased with rocaille, c-scrolls and baskets of flowers on the cover, eight herms on the waisted undulating sides, reeded rims, raised incorporated c-scroll chased thumbpieces; later green velvet presentation case
    3 1/8 in. (80 mm.) wide (2)


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    A similarly constructed gold-mounted grey banded agate boîte-à-deux-tabacs, of 1740-1750, was in the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor. The Waddesdon box is related to the present example in its form, choice of hardstone, and in the chasing of the cagework mounts as herms on both of the box's sides. The melding of French Rococo motifs, popular in the 1740s, on the lid mounts and earlier Baroque figures, in the manner of Daniel Marot (1650-1712), on the sides of the two boîtes-à-deux-tabacs suggest they are of of English origin, made in the 'French taste' (S. Grandjean et al., The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor. Gold Boxes and Miniatures of the Eighteenth Century, London, 1975, pp. 36-37, no. 9).

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    Provenance

    Christie's, Geneva, 19 November 1970, lot 111.
    Sotheby's, Geneva, 17 November 1994, lot 73.