A LOUIS XVI PARCEL-ENAMELLED GOLD BONBONNIÈRE SET WITH A PORTRAIT MINIATURE
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A LOUIS XVI PARCEL-ENAMELLED GOLD BONBONNIÈRE SET WITH A PORTRAIT MINIATURE

BY ADRIEN-JEAN-MAXIMILIEN VACHETTE (FL. 1753-1839), MARKED, PARIS, 1787/1788, WITH THE SECOND CHARGE AND DECHARGE MARKS OF HENRY CLAVEL 1782-1789, THE FLANGE ENGRAVED 'ETIENNE NITOT A PARIS'

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A LOUIS XVI PARCEL-ENAMELLED GOLD BONBONNIÈRE SET WITH A PORTRAIT MINIATURE
BY ADRIEN-JEAN-MAXIMILIEN VACHETTE (FL. 1753-1839), MARKED, PARIS, 1787/1788, WITH THE SECOND CHARGE AND DECHARGE MARKS OF HENRY CLAVEL 1782-1789, THE FLANGE ENGRAVED 'ETIENNE NITOT A PARIS'
circular bonbonnière, the cover, sides and base with panels of concentric wavy engine-turning stamped at intervals with flowerheads, the borders with dark-blue enamel scrolling foliage and berries, the cover later set with a glazed oval portrait miniature, on ivory, of Napoleon I (1769-1821), Emperor of France 1804-1815, within a chased gold frame and sablé surround, the interior of the cover with later applied glazed gold circular frame containing a lock of hair
3 1/8 in. (78 mm.) diam.
Provenance
The Property of a Nobleman; Christie's, London, 27 March 1985, lot 66.
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Marie-Étienne Nitot (1750-1809) was a French jeweller, the official jeweller to the Emperor Napoleon and founder of the House of Chaumet. Nitot's family was originally from Château-Thierry. He started his career in 1780 as an apprentice to Aubert, court jeweller to Queen Marie-Antoinette. He survived the French Revolution and, in 1802, was appointed jeweller to Emperor Napoleon.

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