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    Sale 7453

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    27 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 90

    A LOUIS XVI ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH AN ENAMEL PLAQUE

    BY GEORGES-ANTOINE CROZE (FL. 1777-1790), MARKED, PARIS, 1783/84, WITH THE SECOND CHARGE AND DISCHARGE MARKS OF HENRY CLAVEL 1782-89, STAMPED WITH INVENTORY NO. 628

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    A LOUIS XVI ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH AN ENAMEL PLAQUE
    BY GEORGES-ANTOINE CROZE (FL. 1777-1790), MARKED, PARIS, 1783/84, WITH THE SECOND CHARGE AND DISCHARGE MARKS OF HENRY CLAVEL 1782-89, STAMPED WITH INVENTORY NO. 628
    oval box, the cover, sides and base enamelled in translucent blue and scattered with gold paillon stars and pellets on a wavy engine-turned ground, within opaque white enamel band and gold ropework rims, the cover centred with an enamel plaque depicting the stern of the St. George ship flying the white ensign, a cannon, the flags of France, Spain and the Netherlands lying on the ground, the motto 'SOLI DEO GLORIA' inscribed below, the interior cover engraved with the crest and monogram of Captain John Hatley, R.N. and the motto 'DAT PUGNA CORONAM'
    2 3/8 in. (60 mm.) wide


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    John Hatley ws a Midshipman with Captain Cook on his last voyage of discoveries in July 1776. He later became First Lieutenant and served on the St. George during the conflict with France. In 1797 a mutiny broke out on the ship and it was decided the ringleaders should be hung on board. Hatley's intervention in this matter prevented the hangings and instead the conspirators were shackled. His bravery and conduct were rewarded with a promotion to the rank of Commander, and was subsequently awarded the gold medal of the Turkish Order of the Crescent and was part of the procession at the funeral of Lord Nelson.

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    Provenance

    Captain John Hatley, R.N., thence by descent.