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    Sale 7772

    Russian Art

    1 - 2 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 44

    A Gold and Enamel Box Formed as a Basket of Fruit

    POSSIBLY BY CHARLES-JACQUES DE MAILLY, ST PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1775

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    A Gold and Enamel Box Formed as a Basket of Fruit
    Possibly by Charles-Jacques de Mailly, St Petersburg, circa 1775
    Circular, with tapering sides, enamelled overall with fruit and vegetables, the base enamelled to simulate basketwork, the hinged cover and base with reeded gold mounts with flaring thumbpieces, joined by corded struts, apparently unmarked
    2½ in. (6.4 cm.) long


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    For comparable boxes, see Important Gold Boxes and Renaissance Jewellery , Christie's, Geneva, 12 November 1985, lot 67, and exhibition catalogue, The Gilbert Collection of Gold Boxes, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 1991, p. 377 and title page, illustrated. For another comparable box, which had been given to Leon Alexandrovich Narischkine by Catherine the Great on Feabruary 20, 1796, see Exhibition catalogue: Catalogue des Tabatières et Etuis des XVIIIe et XIXe Siècles du Musée du Louvre, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France, 1981, No. 530, p. 337, illustrated.

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