17 November 2009
A CHELSEA GOLD AND AGATE-MOUNTED BONBONNIERE
CIRCA 1760, CONTEMPORARY STAMPED GOLD MOUNTS
Naturally modelled as billing doves garlanded with flowers above a bundle of quivers and a banner inscribed in iron-red POUR MON AMOUR, the interior with flower-sprays, the hinged mount with flowers and scrolls above an engraved wreath (restored to bow of inscribed banner, domed box cracked and restored in several places)
2 in. (5.1 cm.) high
Emma Budge Collection no. 611, sale Paul Graupe, Berlin, 4-6 October 1937, lot 718.
Otto and Magdalena Blohm Collection; Sotheby's London, 9 October 1961, lot 533.
Stewart Granger Collection; Christie's London, 20 May 1963, lot 122.
Ernesto Blohm Collection, and thence by descent.
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Cf. G.E. Bryant, The Chelsea Porcelain Toys (London, 1925), pl. 46, figs. 5 and 6.
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