A LOUIS XV ENAMELLED GOLD-MOUNTED ÉTUI
A LOUIS XV ENAMELLED GOLD-MOUNTED ÉTUI

MAKER'S MARK INDISTINCT, PARIS, 1765/1766, WITH THE CHARGE AND DECHARGE MARKS OF JEAN-JACQUES PREVOST 1762-1768, THE CONTREMARQUE OF JULIEN ALATERRE 1768-1774 AND TWO FRENCH POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARKS FOR GOLD

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A LOUIS XV ENAMELLED GOLD-MOUNTED ÉTUI
MAKER'S MARK INDISTINCT, PARIS, 1765/1766, WITH THE CHARGE AND DECHARGE MARKS OF JEAN-JACQUES PREVOST 1762-1768, THE CONTREMARQUE OF JULIEN ALATERRE 1768-1774 AND TWO FRENCH POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARKS FOR GOLD
slightly tapering étui of oval section, the cover and base each with oval enamel miniatures depicting pastoral scenes from the fables of La Fontaine, within taille d’épargne dark blue entrelac enamel borders, with colourful trailing enamel flower heads and sprays, blank matrix
4¾ in. (120 mm.) high
The fables depicted in the enamels are, ‘The Milk Maid and her Pail’, ‘The Fox and the Grapes’, ‘The Raven and the Fox’, 'The Fisherman and the Little Fish’, and ‘The Iron Pot and the Clay Pot.'

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Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) was the most famous French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables, which provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe.

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