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    Sale 7550

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    9 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 93

    A LOUIS XVI ENAMELLED GOLD BONBONNIÈRE

    ATTRIBUTED TO MARTIN-FRANÇOIS BOURDILLAT (FL. 1775-1793), INDISTINCTLY MARKED, PARIS, 1780/1781, WITH THE FIRST CHARGE AND DISCHARGE MARKS OF HENRY CLAVEL 1780-1782

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XVI ENAMELLED GOLD BONBONNIÈRE
    ATTRIBUTED TO MARTIN-FRANÇOIS BOURDILLAT (FL. 1775-1793), INDISTINCTLY MARKED, PARIS, 1780/1781, WITH THE FIRST CHARGE AND DISCHARGE MARKS OF HENRY CLAVEL 1780-1782
    circular box, the independent cover, sides and base enamelled in blue simulating lapis lazuli, the cover centred with an oval opalescent enamel plaque painted with wintry trees on a guilloché ground, within simulated pearl and beaded gold borders, the base centred with a two-colour gold rosette with beaded border, the mounts similarly decorated
    3 1/8 in. (79 mm.) diam.


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    The box has been attributed on the basis of the first and second letters of the maker's mark, which are 'M' and 'F' respectively. The third letter has been rubbed and the différent for Martin-François Bourdillat is unknown, as the relevant word is omitted from the minutes of the guild of the Parisian Goldsmiths.

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    Provenance

    Sotheby's, Zurich, 16 November 1977, lot 86.