• 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 283


    CIRCA 1740

    Price Realised  

    CIRCA 1740
    Cartouche-shaped box with baluster sides, the lid boldly chased with rocaille and flowers on sablé ground, the polished waisted sides with centred reserves of similar rocaille chasing on frosted ground, the base later engraved with mirrored initials 'LL', a marquess' coronet above and centred date '1900' below, the interior of the hinged lid engraved with a coat-of-arms with coronet above, slightly raised wavy incorporated thumbpiece
    2 3/8 in. (56 mm.) wide
    1½ oz. (44 gr.)

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    The chasing on the lid and sides of the present snuff-box reflects the influence of Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier's engraved designs for snuff-boxes in the rocaille taste. Meissonnier's 1734 Livre d'Ornemens, published in Paris, influenced numerous goldsmiths on the Continent and in England throughout the Rococo period (K. Snowman, Eighteenth-Century Gold Boxes of Europe, Woodbridge, 1990, pp. 44, 45 and 137).

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    Sotheby's, London, 5 June 1997, lot 265.