A GEORGE III GOLD-MOUNTED TORTOISESHELL BOÎTE-À-SURPRISE WITH MINIATURE
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A GEORGE III GOLD-MOUNTED TORTOISESHELL BOÎTE-À-SURPRISE WITH MINIATURE

PROBABLY LONDON, CIRCA 1790, THE MINIATURE BY SAMUEL SHELLEY (1750/56-1808), SIGNED ON THE BACKING PAPER 'S. SHELLEY HENRIETTA ST CO.. GARDEN', CIRCA 1790

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A GEORGE III GOLD-MOUNTED TORTOISESHELL BOÎTE-À-SURPRISE WITH MINIATURE
probably London, circa 1790, the miniature by Samuel Shelley (1750/56-1808), signed on the backing paper 'S. Shelley Henrietta St Co.. Garden', circa 1790
Oval black tortoiseshell box, the hinged lid centred by a hinged gold plaque engraved with scrolling monogram 'JR' within a sunburst surround, the interior of the secret compartment with miniature of a young lady facing left in pink dress, her brown hair falling in curls to her shoulders, cloud and sky background, the bright-cut gold mounts and incorporated thumbpiece chased with foliage
3¼ in. (83 mm.) wide
Provenance
Sir Julian Goldsmid, Bt., London; Christie's, London, 8 June 1896, lot 65 (as by Cosway, £75 to Hodgkins).
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 24 November 1981, lot 38 (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C. R. Dreesmann (inventory no. F-134).
Literature
G. C. Williamson, Richard Cosway, R.A., London, 1897, p. 110 (as by Richard Cosway).
Exhibited
London, Moncorvo House, Catalogue of Miniatures, Oil Paintings [...] by Richard Cosway, R.A., 1895, no. 134 (as by Richard Cosway, lent by Sir Julian Goldsmid).
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