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A FINE LOUIS XV ENAMELLED VARI-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH TWO ENAMEL PLAQUES
A FINE LOUIS XV ENAMELLED VARI-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH TWO ENAMEL PLAQUES

BY PHILLIPE (LE) BOURLIER (FL. 1769-1791), MARKED, PARIS, 1773/1774, WITH THE CHARGE AND DECHARGE MARKS OF JULIEN ALATERRE 1768-1774, LATER STRUCK WITH TWO PARISIAN POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARKS FOR GOLD

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A FINE LOUIS XV ENAMELLED VARI-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH TWO ENAMEL PLAQUES
BY PHILLIPE (LE) BOURLIER (FL. 1769-1791), MARKED, PARIS, 1773/1774, WITH THE CHARGE AND DECHARGE MARKS OF JULIEN ALATERRE 1768-1774, LATER STRUCK WITH TWO PARISIAN POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARKS FOR GOLD
octagonal box, the cover, sides and base panels with translucent royal blue enamel on an engine-turned vertical coin-pattern ground, within reeded gold borders, the cover centred with an oval enamel plaque painted in sepia with Pygmalion, the base with a matching smaller plaque depicting an allegory to painting, both within laurel borders with pierced scalloped outer borders, the cover rim chased with vari-colour gold flowers, foliage and trophies of music and love on a frosted ground, the borders stamped with stylized acanthus on a matted gold band, the eight side pilasters chased as fluted columns hung with laurel swags on a sablé ground
3 1/8 in. (79 mm.) wide
Provenance
Sotheby's, Monte Carlo, 25 June 1976, lot 493.
Christie's, London, 3 June 2003, lot 122.

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