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    Sale 7731

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    2 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 161

    AN IMPORTANT LOUIS XV PARCEL-ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX

    BY CLAUDE LISONNET (FL. 1736-1761), MARKED, PARIS, 1754/1755, WITH THE CHARGE AND DISCHARGE MARKS OF JULIEN BERTHE 1750-1756, LATER STRUCK WITH THE FRENCH RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARK FOR GOLD, PARIS 1838 ONWARD, THE FLANGE ENGRAVED WITH INVENTORY NUMBER 88713

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    AN IMPORTANT LOUIS XV PARCEL-ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX
    BY CLAUDE LISONNET (FL. 1736-1761), MARKED, PARIS, 1754/1755, WITH THE CHARGE AND DISCHARGE MARKS OF JULIEN BERTHE 1750-1756, LATER STRUCK WITH THE FRENCH RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARK FOR GOLD, PARIS 1838 ONWARD, THE FLANGE ENGRAVED WITH INVENTORY NUMBER 88713
    Ingot-shaped box, the cover enamelled en basse-taille in translucent blue on a horizontally reeded ground with trophies of Gardening, a vase of flowers, fruit and foliate sprays, the base and sides similarly enamelled, all over engine-turned to create a wickerwork pattern of concentrically chased diagonal squares and polished gold bands, the cagework mount of the lid chased with ribbon-twist band enclosing starbursts, those of the sides and base chased with husking, internal wavy flange, the interior cover engraved with the coat-of-arms of the Pindray d'Ambelle family of Perigord, France and Ile Bourbon, Reunion.
    2¼ in. (57 mm.) wide


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    Claude Lisonnet (d. 1761) attainted the maîtrise on 15 October, 1736, when he was sponsored by his father and goldsmith Jean-Étienne Lisonnet. He is recorded as living in the cour neuve du Palais and rue Saint-Louis au Palais. A snuff-box chased with a similar wickerwork pattern and enamelled en plein with pastoral scenes after Nicolas Lancret (1690-1743) is in the Wrightsman Collection (F. J. B. Watson, The Wrightsman Collection, New York, 1970, III, pp. 130-131, no. 6). Further examples of Lisonnet's work are found in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, the Metropolitan Museum, New York and the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva (A. S. Cocks and C. Truman, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Renaissance jewels, gold boxes and objets de vertu, London, 1984, p. 200).

    We are indebted to Philippe Palasi for the identification of the coat-of-arms.

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