A RARE EARLY LOUIS XV GOLD-MOUNTED JAPANESE LACQUER SNUFF-BOX
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A RARE EARLY LOUIS XV GOLD-MOUNTED JAPANESE LACQUER SNUFF-BOX

BY NOËL HARDIVILLIERS (FL. 1729-1771), MARKED, PARIS, 1733/1734, WITH THE CHARGE AND DISCHARGE MARKS OF HUBERT LOUVET, LATER STRUCK WITH TWO PARISIAN POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARKS FOR GOLD

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A RARE EARLY LOUIS XV GOLD-MOUNTED JAPANESE LACQUER SNUFF-BOX
by Noël Hardivilliers (fl. 1729-1771), marked, Paris, 1733/1734, with the charge and discharge marks of Hubert Louvet, later struck with two Parisian post-1838 restricted warranty marks for gold
Shaped rectangular box in the form of a trunk, the six convex hiramaki-e lacquer panels decorated with fruiting and flowering gourd vine on a trellis, the fruit inlaid in hardstone, gilt-metal, silver and lead, mounted in a reeded gold cagework, the side dividers chased as pilasters, flaring waved thumbpiece
2½ in. (64 mm.) wide
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 16 December 1980, lot 196.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Geneva, 14 May 1985, lot 10 (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C. R. Dreesmann (inventory no. F-150).
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Lot Essay

The lacquer panels may be attributed to the school of Ritsuo, late 17th Century.
Together with Daniel Gouers, Jean George and Jean Ducrollay, Hardivilliers was without doubt one the most inventive and celebrated gold boxes maker of the Louis XV period.
For another lacquer box by Hardivilliers, see lot 943.
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