22 May 2001
A French gold and micromosaic vinaigrette
mark of Nicolas-François Demoget, Paris, 1798-1809
Oblong, the cover set with an oval micromosaic of a Marlborough spaniel reclining on grassy ground, against a blue background, with a gold stiff-leaf inner border highlighted with black, and black and gold foliate scroll borders, the base with engine-turned interlacing, the grille a diaperwork pattern of interlocking rosettes, marked inside cover and base and on bezel
1 3/8 in. (36 mm.) long
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A similar micromosaic is applied to a tortoiseshell paris box of 1819-38 in the Gilbert Collection (J. H. Gabriel, The Gilbert Collection. Microsmosaics, London, 2000, p. 209, no. 140).
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