9 December 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 10,000
Estimate GBP 8,000 - GBP 12,000
A LOUIS XVI PARCEL-ENAMELLED GOLD AND HAIR BOÎTE-À-SECRET
BY PAUL-NICOLAS MENIÈRE (FL. 1775-1826), MARKED, PARIS, 1775/1776, WITH THE CHARGE AND DISCHARGE MARKS OF JEAN-BAPTISTE FOUACHE 1775-1781, THE FLANGE ENGRAVED 'MENIERRE RUE MONCOMSEILLE A PARIS'
oval box, the cover, base and four side panels with blonde and brown hair under glass, the cover centred with an oval gold medallion enclosing a foliate two-colour gold monogram 'PLS' on a dark silk ground in a reeded gold mount, the medallion, secretly hinged at the top, opened by pressing the secret spring mechanism at the bottom of the surrounding oval gold mount, the sablé gold mounts enamelled in translucent green with leaves and chased with foliage, flowers and c-scrolls, the four side pilasters chased as Ionic columns hung with festoons, the upper border of the sides chased with husks, the lower border enamelled with translucent green leaves
2 7/8 in. (73 mm.) wide
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Christie's, London, 22 May 2001, lot 105.
Almost certainly unique, this exceptional domino set and music box has the most illustrious and fascinating provenance
Accessories for the 18th-century fop — as offered in our Chinese Export Art sale in New York on 18 January