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    Sale 1896

    Important Silver And Objects Of Vertu

    26 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 38

    A RARE FRENCH GOLD, ENAMEL AND GEM-SET DAGGER IN SCABBARD

    CIRCA 1750

    Price Realised  

    A RARE FRENCH GOLD, ENAMEL AND GEM-SET DAGGER IN SCABBARD
    CIRCA 1750
    The scabbard and dagger handle finely enamelled on both sides over chased gold flowers, scrolls and rocaille against a matted ground; the dagger with steel blade, the front of scabbard and handle set with large diamonds and rubies in rocaille mounts, apparently unmarked
    13½ in. (34.3 cm.) long


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    A gold and enamel dagger apparently from the same workshop, although without jewels, was sold from the Arturo Lopez-Willshaw Collection, Sotheby's, London, June 10, 1974, lot 7. The elaborate gem-set mounts on the present example indicates that it was made for the Turkish market.

    Provenance

    Christie's, New York, 5 October 1983, lot 285