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    Sale 5364

    Christie's Interiors

    2 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 484

    EROTICA: A CONTINENTAL MOTHER-OF-PEARL AIDE-MEMOIRE HOLDER

    PROBABLY FRENCH, SECOND HALF 18TH CENTURY

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    EROTICA: A CONTINENTAL MOTHER-OF-PEARL AIDE-MEMOIRE HOLDER
    PROBABLY FRENCH, SECOND HALF 18TH CENTURY
    With 3-colour gold cut-out mounts depicting buildings & trees and a label chased SOUVENIR on either side, the sides engraved with rococo scrollwork, the interior to hold an aide-memoire and pencil, both now lacking, with push-button opening which releases the panels at front and back, the front lifting to reveal a portrait miniature of a lady, circa 1770, the back lifting to reveal a later painted miniature of a copulating couple in 18th century dress
    3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) high


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