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    Sale 7453

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    27 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 36

    AN IMPORTANT LOUIS XV DIAMOND-ENCRUSTED AND ENAMELLED VARI-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH AN ENAMEL PLAQUE

    BY JEAN FORMEY (FL. 1754-1791), MARKED, PARIS 1768/69, WITH THE CHARGE AND DISCHARGE MARKS OF JULIEN ALATERRE 1768-74, THE FLANGE ENGRAVED 'FORMEY APARIS' AND LATER STRUCK TWICE WITH THE FRENCH POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARK FOR GOLD

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    AN IMPORTANT LOUIS XV DIAMOND-ENCRUSTED AND ENAMELLED VARI-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH AN ENAMEL PLAQUE
    BY JEAN FORMEY (FL. 1754-1791), MARKED, PARIS 1768/69, WITH THE CHARGE AND DISCHARGE MARKS OF JULIEN ALATERRE 1768-74, THE FLANGE ENGRAVED 'FORMEY APARIS' AND LATER STRUCK TWICE WITH THE FRENCH POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARK FOR GOLD
    oval box, the cover inset with an enamel plaque depicting figures at the Altar of Love within three bands of old-cut diamonds, the side and base panels enamelled in translucent emerald-green on a coin-pattern engine-turned ground within gold and opaque white enamel borders, the side panels divided by pilasters with foliate swags, the horizontal borders to the base enamelled in white and with taille d'épargne wavescrolls, the cover and base similarly decorated, diamond-encrusted raised thumbpiece, in hinged burgundy leather case with cream silk and velvet lining
    3½ in. (89 mm.) wide (2)


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