21 April 2010,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 10,000
Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000
AN ORMOLU-MOUNTED BERCY GLASSWORKS (JEAN-ALEXANDRE PARIS) CUT-GLASS MUSICAL SEWING CASKET AND COVER (COFFRET A COUTURE)
Circa 1830, the gold mounts with poinçon (hallmarks) for 1819-38
Rectangular, with gilt-bronze mounts and handles, the lid centering an enameled gold foil inclusion depicting a maiden kneeling to inscribe a tree with the sentiment Pensez a moi, surrounded by strawberry diamond cut panels, the embroidered interior needlework removable tray set with gold mounted accoutrements including a pair of scissors, two bobbins, two spools, a fitted etui and cover, a needle, a glass flask with gold top and a thimble, above a Swiss cylindrical sectional comb music box that plays two airs and a matching key
9 in. (22.8 cm.) wide, overall
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Hong Kong +852 2760 1766
Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766
At the time of cataloguing, two comparable but unfitted Bercy Glasswork caskets are known. One is in a private European collection, the second is located at The Corning Museum of Glass. The Corning ovoid example was likely designed as a cave d'odeur and would have held perfume bottles.
By 1833 Bercy Glassworks had joined Baccarat, Saint Louis and Choisy-le-Roi in a marketing trust formed by Launay, Hautin et Cie.
D. Tarshis, Objects of Fantasy: Glass Inclusions of the Nineteenth Century, The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, 2001, p. 126-127, no. 70.
Exuberant Italian jewellery design from the 1960s, when Rome became a playground for the rich and famous, is back in high fashion
In 1983, Cartier set Eric Nussbaum the task of establishing the finest collection of its vintage jewels in the world
Specialist Hannah Solomon discusses an unusually ornate war helmet being offered in the Exceptional Sale on 28 April in Ne..
Specialist Joy McCall answers 7 key questions for prospective buyers of the legendary French glassmaker’s exquisite pieces
CHRISTIE’S PRESENTS THE COLLECTION OF DR. JULIUS AND DENA K. TARSHIS