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A FRENCH JEWELLED ENAMELLED GOLD IMPERIAL PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX
A FRENCH JEWELLED ENAMELLED GOLD IMPERIAL PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX

BY ALEXANDRE-RAOUL MOREL (FL. 1833-1850), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1850

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A FRENCH JEWELLED ENAMELLED GOLD IMPERIAL PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX
BY ALEXANDRE-RAOUL MOREL (FL. 1833-1850), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1850
lobed oval shaped box, the cover applied with rose-cut diamond-set crowned monogram of Napoleon III on a translucent dark blue guilloché ground, the outer cover, sides and base of sablé gold, chased with scrolls and foliage within polished gold mounts, in fitted black leather case stamped 'MAURICE MAYER PARIS'
3½ in. (90 mm.) wide
Provenance
Christie's, Geneva, 9 May 1989, lot 68.

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Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (1808-1873) was the only President (1848-1852) of the French Second Republic and, as Napoleon III, the Emperor (1852-1870) of the Second French Empire. He was the nephew and heir of Napoleon I. He was the first President of France to be elected by a direct popular vote. When he was blocked by the Constitution and Parliament from running for a second term, he organized a coup d'état in 1851, and then took the throne as Napoleon III on 2 December 1852, the forty-eighth anniversary of Napoleon I's coronation. He remains the longest-serving French head of state since the French Revolution.
Gold boxes by Alexandre-Raoul Morel are rare. He was born in 1801 and took over the business of his father, the famous goldsmith Gabriel-Raoul Morel in 1832. He worked in premises in the rue Neuve des Bons Enfants and was last recorded in 1850.

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