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A FRENCH GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE AND BURGAU SNUFF-BOX
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A FRENCH GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE AND BURGAU SNUFF-BOX

BY ADRIEN-JEAN-MAXIMILIEN VACHETTE (FL. 1779-1839), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1810/1820, WITH THE PARISIAN POST-REVOLUTIONARY UNOFFICIAL STANDARD MARK FOR 18 CARAT GOLD AND THE PARISIAN GOLD GUARANTEE MARK FOR SMALL ITEMS 1809-1819

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A FRENCH GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE AND BURGAU SNUFF-BOX
BY ADRIEN-JEAN-MAXIMILIEN VACHETTE (FL. 1779-1839), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1810/1820, WITH THE PARISIAN POST-REVOLUTIONARY UNOFFICIAL STANDARD MARK FOR 18 CARAT GOLD AND THE PARISIAN GOLD GUARANTEE MARK FOR SMALL ITEMS 1809-1819
cartouche-shaped brown agate hardstone box with bombé sides, the cover and base decorated in shimmering abalone shell Burgau and gold-flake scenes of classical ruins within a riverside landscape with trees and foliage, the sides with applied hardstone and shell insects, polished gold mounts, in later fitted black leather case
3¼ in. (83 mm.) wide (2)
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This type of box decorated in gold and mother-of-pearl Burgau and more usually of German origin, has previously been attributed to Johann Martin Heinrici, a painter, enamellist, chemist and engraver at the Meissen factory from 1742. It was not until 1991 that Charles Truman reattributed these boxes to Taddel.
Heinrich Taddel (1715 - c.1796) is recorded as a master goldsmith in Dresden from 1739, the year in which he was appointed director of the Green Vaults, the treasury of the Electors of Saxony and Kings of Poland. He was succeeded by his son-in-law Johann Christian Neuber.

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