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A LOUIS XVI ENAMELLED GOLD PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX SET WITH A PORTRAIT MINIATURE
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A LOUIS XVI ENAMELLED GOLD PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX SET WITH A PORTRAIT MINIATURE

BY ALEXIS PROFFIT (FL. 1775-1793), MARKED, PARIS, 1786/1787, THE MINIATURE BY NICHOLAS HALLE (FRENCH, FL. 1782-1795)

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A LOUIS XVI ENAMELLED GOLD PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX SET WITH A PORTRAIT MINIATURE
BY ALEXIS PROFFIT (FL. 1775-1793), MARKED, PARIS, 1786/1787, THE MINIATURE BY NICHOLAS HALLE (FRENCH, FL. 1782-1795)
oval box, the cover, sides and base with panels of translucent blue enamel embellished with white enamel dotting and partridge-eye motifs on a ground of engine-turned horizontal reeding interspersed with flowerheads, the cover centred with an oval miniature on ivory of the duc de Penthièvre facing right in a red-embroidered silk coat with gold-braided borders, white embroidered lace jabot, wearing the blue sash and breast-star of the French Royal Order of the Holy Ghost and the red badge of the French Royal Military Order of St Louis, the jewel of the Golden Fleece about his neck, within a fluted gold mount, the frosted gold borders enamelled with translucent green leaves and dark blue pellets interspersed with foliate scrolls, the four side pilasters similarly adorned
3¼ in. (82 mm.) wide
Provenance
Frederic R. Harris, Rear Admiral U.S.N. Retired (1875-1949), New York; Parket-Bernet Galleries, New York, 18-19 November 1949, lot 233, the sitter erroneously identified as the 'King of Poland'.
Christie's, London, 3 June 2003, lot 121.
Literature
N. Garnier-Pelle et al., Portraits des maisons royales et impériales [...], Paris, 2007, p. 108, no. 91.
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