5 June 2007
A GEORGE II-STYLE GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE NÉCESSAIRE
STRUCK WITH TWO FRENCH IMPORT MARKS FOR GOLD 1864-1893
Rectangular upright casket, the bloodstone panels mounted on four sides and cover in a gold cagework chased with figures in classical attire, putti, birds, fruit, butterflies, flowers and foliage, gem-set thumbpiece and further gems on the front and sides of the flange, the hinged cover opening to reveal four glass scent-bottles with gold neck and link chain attached to gold stopper in the shape of a bird, red velvet interior lining to cover
3 1/8 in. (80 mm.) high
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Very similar table nécessaires probably from the same workshop were sold Sotheby's, Geneva, 11 November 1981, lot 47, and Christie's, Geneva, 16 May 1984, lot 526.
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