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    Sale 7556

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    10 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 183

    A LOUIS XV-STYLE GOLD-LINED BOÎTE-À-MINIATURES

    STRUCK WITH FRENCH POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARKS FOR GOLD, THE MINIATURES BY ROBERT MUSSARD (1713-1777) AND LOUIS-GABRIEL MOREAU (1740-1806)

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XV-STYLE GOLD-LINED BOÎTE-À-MINIATURES
    STRUCK WITH FRENCH POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARKS FOR GOLD, THE MINIATURES BY ROBERT MUSSARD (1713-1777) AND LOUIS-GABRIEL MOREAU (1740-1806)
    rectangular box, the four sides and base inset with glazed gouache on vellum miniatures finely painted with rural views by Moreau, the cover miniature by Mussard of a lady in blue-trimmed white dress, blue ribbon at corsage and tied around her neck, flowers pinned at her left shoulder, white gauze veil falling from her upswept powdered hair adorned with blue ribbons, in a landscape, the gold cagework mounts chased with foliage and fluted scrolls, gold-lined interior
    3 3/8 in. (86 mm.) wide


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    Provenance

    Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 11 December 1964, lot 38.


    Literature

    G. Boulanger, 'Quand les grands peintres voient tout petit', Nouveau Femina, January 1955, no. 10, p. 65 (the miniatures as by François Boucher), illustrated in colour on front cover, also illustrated p. 17 and base p. 64.