19 May 2010
A FRENCH GOLD-MOUNTED IVORY PATCH BOX WITH PORTRAIT MINIATURE OF EMPRESS JOSEPHINE**
THE BOX CIRCA 1805; THE MINIATURE ATTRIBUTED TO DANIEL SAINT (1778-1847), 1804-1810
Oval, the hinged cover set with a portrait of Empress Josephine, the interior cover set with an enamel plaquette with inscription Acceptez le coeur et le Portrait de celle qui Vous aime et qui Vous sera fidelle, the base lined in velvet, apparently unmarked
3 1/8 in. (8 cm.) long
Sotheby's, Geneva, 7 May 1982, lot 323
Christie's, London, 6 December, 2005, lot 127
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A signed version of this miniature is in the Wallace Collection, illustrated in G. Reynolds, Wallace Collection Catalogue of Miniatures, London, 1980, no. 231, illus. p. 247.
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