22 May 2001
A GEORGE III ENAMELLED GOLD TELESCOPE
English, late 18th Century, the tier struck with inventory number 752
One-tiered tubular telescope with reeded gold mounts, the body inset with three oval slightly convex enamel plaques painted en grisaille with the Muses Calliope, Urania and Clio on brown grounds, surrounded by concentric wavy translucent blue and opaque white enamel stripes, the upper and lower borders engraved with reeding and enamelled in translucent green with a ribbon-twist band enclosing white enamelled shuttles, the upper part concave and tapering, the outer border enamelled in translucent blue with a ribbon-twist band enclosing white enamelled shuttles, the lens framed by translucent green enamelled leaves interspersed by white pellets
2¼ in. (56 mm.) high
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The three enamel plaques are reminiscent of the work of James Morisset, William Charron, the Toussaints and probably Gabriel Wirgman (see C. Truman, The Gilbert Collection of Gold Boxes, Los Angeles, 1991, pp. 317-319).
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