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

BY ETIENNE-LUCIEN BLERZY (FL. 1801-1808), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1809, STRUCK WITH THE PARISIAN POST-1797 GUARANTEE MARK FOR GOLD ITEMS AND THE 1809 PARISIAN REVIEW MARK FOR SMALL GOLD ITEMS

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A FRENCH ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX
BY ETIENNE-LUCIEN BLERZY (FL. 1801-1808), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1809, STRUCK WITH THE PARISIAN POST-1797 GUARANTEE MARK FOR GOLD ITEMS AND THE 1809 PARISIAN REVIEW MARK FOR SMALL GOLD ITEMS
rectangular box with canted corners, the cover, sides and base set with panels of wave-pattern engine-turning within opaque dark-blue enamel taille d’épargne trailing foliate borders, in fitted red leather case.
2¾ in. (68 mm.) wide

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Etienne-Lucien Blerzy was a close relative of the celebrated gold box maker Joseph-Etienne Blerzy. Étienne-Lucien is known to have collaborated in the creation of boxes for the Emperor with the court jeweller Marguerite, who received between March and August 1806, an order from the Imperial court for 100 gold boxes, decorated with diamonds, ciphers and portraits to the value of 380,688 Fr.

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