A FRENCH GOLD SNUFF-BOX
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A FRENCH GOLD SNUFF-BOX

BY ÉTIENNE-LUCIEN BLERZY (FL. 1801-1808), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1805, WITH THE SECOND STANDARD AND EXCISE MARKS FOR GOLD, PARIS, 1798-1809, THE PARISIAN POST-REVOLUTIONARY UNOFFICIAL STANDARD MARK FOR 20.5-CARAT GOLD, THE FLANGE STRUCK WITH INVENTORY NUMBER 11, LATER STRUCK WITH TWO PARISIAN POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARKS FOR GOLD

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A FRENCH GOLD SNUFF-BOX
BY ÉTIENNE-LUCIEN BLERZY (FL. 1801-1808), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1805, WITH THE SECOND STANDARD AND EXCISE MARKS FOR GOLD, PARIS, 1798-1809, THE PARISIAN POST-REVOLUTIONARY UNOFFICIAL STANDARD MARK FOR 20.5-CARAT GOLD, THE FLANGE STRUCK WITH INVENTORY NUMBER 11, LATER STRUCK WITH TWO PARISIAN POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARKS FOR GOLD
pocket-shaped rectangular box with rounded corners, the cover, sides and base set with panels of peak-pattern engine-turning within reeded gold borders
3½ in. (87 mm.) wide
4¼ oz. (118 gr.)
Provenance
Christie's, London, 28 November 2006, lot 70.
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Lot Essay

Étienne-Lucien Blerzy was a close relative of the celebrated gold box maker Joseph-Étienne Blerzy (FL. 1768-1808). Etienne-Lucien is known to have collaborated with the court jeweller Marguerite in the creation of boxes for the Emperor Napoleon.

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