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A LOUIS XVI ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX
A LOUIS XVI ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX

BY CHARLES BRISSON (FL. 1761-1793), MARKED, PARIS, 1780/1781, WITH THE CHARGE AND DECHARGE MARKS OF HENRI CLAVEL 1780-1782, STRUCK WITH THE FRENCH POST-1838 GUARANTEE MARK FOR GOLD

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A LOUIS XVI ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX BY CHARLES BRISSON (FL. 1761-1793), MARKED, PARIS, 1780/1781, WITH THE CHARGE AND DECHARGE MARKS OF HENRI CLAVEL 1780-1782, STRUCK WITH THE FRENCH POST-1838 GUARANTEE MARK FOR GOLD rectangular box with canted corners, the cover, sides, and base set with panels of opaque pink enamel with gold taille d’épargne flowers and floral sprays in reeded gold frames, within simulated lapis lazuli enamel and taille d’épargne foliate and scroll gold borders, the cover centred with an oval enamel miniature depicting the Muse Urania seated in a wooded landscape with her globe and compass, within a pierced floral gold wreath surmounted by a bow, the four column pilasters of opaque pink enamel with taille d’épargne gold vases 2 7/8 in. (72 mm.) wide

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Urania was one of the nine muses of ancient Greek mythology who entertained the gods on Mount Olympus. Urania was the Muse of Astronomy who inspired the development of liberal and fine arts in ancient Greece. She is often seen holding a globe or is crowned with stars.

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