A LOUIS XVI LACQUER AND TWO-COLOUR GOLD BOÎTE-À-MINIATURES
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A LOUIS XVI LACQUER AND TWO-COLOUR GOLD BOÎTE-À-MINIATURES

BY CHARLES-BARNABÉ SAGERET (FL. 1752-1791), MARKED, PARIS, 1761/1762 AND 1774/1775, WITH THE CHARGE MARKS OF ELOY BRICHARD 1756-1762 AND THE CHARGE AND DISCHARGE MARKS OF JEAN-BAPTISTE FOUACHE 1774-1780, THE MINIATURES IN THE MANNER OF ADÉLAÏDE LABILLE-GUIARD

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A LOUIS XVI LACQUER AND TWO-COLOUR GOLD BOÎTE-À-MINIATURES
by Charles-Barnabé Sageret (fl. 1752-1791), marked, Paris, 1761/1762 and 1774/1775, with the charge marks of Eloy Brichard 1756-1762 and the charge and discharge marks of Jean-Baptiste Fouache 1774-1780, the miniatures in the manner of Adélaïde Labille-Guiard
Circular box, the hinged cover, sides and base set with Japan-style lacquer panels, the lid and base centred by glazed oval miniatures of gentlemen within gold frames with pierced ribbon cresting and laurel below, the sides with six glazed oval miniatures of two ladies and four gentlemen, the gold mounts and miniature frames chased with stylized acanthus, gold-lined interior
2 9/16 in. (65 mm.) diam.
Provenance
Given to Marie-Rose de Savalète on the occasion of her marriage to Monsieur Sanlot (pictured on the lid of the box).
Their son, Adrien-Gaston-Thibaut Sanlot.
Charles de Cauvigny.
Sold by the Baroness de Cauvigny to a previous owner.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Geneva, 15 May 1990, lot 66.
With S. J. Phillips Ltd., London, 1994, acquired by
Dr Anton C. R. Dreesmann (inventory no. F-195).
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Lot Essay

This marriage box gives a fascinating insight into 18th century social life. The bride is presented with a box depicting the portraits of her own family mingled with those of her future family-in-law. An old accompanying document, written by the son of the couple, gives a date of 1773 (thus confirming the date of the marks on the box) and identifies the sitters of the miniatures as the future husband, Monsieur de Sanlot (on the lid), Monsieur de Savalète, uncle and tutor of the bride (on the base), and, on the sides (from the front, anti-clockwise): Madame de St Victour née Sanlot, sister of the groom, Mr Sanlot de Fontenailles, brother of the groom, Mr Sanlot de Bapaume, another brother of the groom, the Marquise de Gléon née de Savalète, sister of the bride, Mr Sanlot de Bospin, another brother of the groom, and Monsieur de St Victour, husband of the sister of the groom.
The discrepancy of the earlier dates with matching sous-fermier marks on the circular gold panels lining the cover and the base can be explained by the rather common re-use of gold of previous periods, in the present case already marked by the same goldsmith.
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