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A GERMAN ROCOCO MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND GOLD SILK PURSE

CIRCA 1750

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A GERMAN ROCOCO MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND GOLD SILK PURSE
CIRCA 1750
domed circular mother-of-pearl base, carved and applied with rococo strapwork and scrolling foliage, with reeded gold borders, on a green silk purse with gold and silver-thread flowers and scrolls, with conforming drawstrings
3 3/8 in. (85 mm.) diam.
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Lot Essay

Although decorated mother-of-pearl is more usually associated with Augsburg, attention should be drawn to a snuff-box in the Reiss-Museum, Mannheim (RMM 1974/5LBW) by Jacob Breton. Possibly the brother of the Parisian goldsmith Jean-François Breton, Jacob was goldsmith to the court at Mannheim in 1748-1749 and the box which dates from this period is signed 'Breton a Mannheim'. See 'Kunst und Kunsthandwerk Neuerwerbungen 1974-1978', Reiss-Museum Mannheim, 1981, no. 37.

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