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    Sale 7550

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    9 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 141

    A LOUIS XVI TWO-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX

    PARIS, 1778/1779, THE FLANGE ENGRAVED 'VE . LE PETIT', WITH THE DISCHARGE MARK OF JEAN-BAPTISTE FOUACHE 1774-1780, THE 'TÊTE DE MOMUS' MARK FOR OLD WORKS OF JEAN-FRANÇOIS KALENDRIN 1789-1809 AND THE 'GROSSE RÉCENSE' MARK FOR THE FRENCH DEPARTMENTS 1798-1809, LATER STRUCK WITH TWO PARISIAN POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARKS FOR GOLD, WITH INVENTORY NUMBER 384

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XVI TWO-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX
    PARIS, 1778/1779, THE FLANGE ENGRAVED 'VE . LE PETIT', WITH THE DISCHARGE MARK OF JEAN-BAPTISTE FOUACHE 1774-1780, THE 'TÊTE DE MOMUS' MARK FOR OLD WORKS OF JEAN-FRANÇOIS KALENDRIN 1789-1809 AND THE 'GROSSE RÉCENSE' MARK FOR THE FRENCH DEPARTMENTS 1798-1809, LATER STRUCK WITH TWO PARISIAN POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARKS FOR GOLD, WITH INVENTORY NUMBER 384
    oval box, the cover, sides and base decorated with panels of engine-turning, the cover centred by an oval reserve chased with a foliate rosette, the side pilasters chased with laurel swags, the borders of cover and base chased with bands of leaves alternating with ovolos and pellets on a sablé ground
    2 3/8 in. (62 mm.) wide
    2 3/8 oz. (69 gr.)


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    Provenance

    Christie's, Geneva, 19 November 1996, lot 301.