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A FRENCH ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH AN ENAMEL PLAQUE
A FRENCH ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH AN ENAMEL PLAQUE

BY LÉGER-FORTUNÉ-ALEXANDRE RICART (FL. 1808-1818), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1810, THE COVER ENGRAVED 'CASTELLANI IN ROMA', THE FLANGE STAMPED WITH AN INVENTORY NUMBER 436, STRUCK WITH THE 1797 PARISIAN GUARANTEE MARK FOR GOLD ITEMS AND THE FRENCH 1809-1819 GUARANTEE MARK FOR GOLD

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A FRENCH ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH AN ENAMEL PLAQUE
BY LÉGER-FORTUNÉ-ALEXANDRE RICART (FL. 1808-1818), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1810, THE COVER ENGRAVED 'CASTELLANI IN ROMA', THE FLANGE STAMPED WITH AN INVENTORY NUMBER 436, STRUCK WITH THE 1797 PARISIAN GUARANTEE MARK FOR GOLD ITEMS AND THE FRENCH 1809-1819 GUARANTEE MARK FOR GOLD
rectangular box with rounded corners, the cover set with an enamel plaque depicting a view of Dresden Castle, with figures and landaus, signed 'B.v.' lower left, within a chased gold frame and dark-blue guilloché enamel border, the sides and base set with panels of diaper-work engine-turning within dark-blue enamel fillets and chased foliate sablé borders
3½ in. (88 mm.) wide
Provenance
Christie's, Geneva, 14/15 May 1985, lot 111.

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Dresden Castle is one of the oldest buildings in Dresden. For almost 400 years, it has been the residence of the electors (1547–1806) and kings (1806–1918) of Saxony of the Albertine line of the House of Wettin. It is known for the different architectural styles employed, from Baroque to Neo-renaissance. Today, the residential castle is a museum complex that contains the Historic and New Green Vaults, the Numismatic Cabinet, the Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs and the Dresden Armoury with the Turkish Chamber. It also houses an art library and the management of the Dresden State Art Collections.

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