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A GERMAN ENAMELLED GOLD POWDER-COMPACT
BY LES FRÈRES TOUSSAINT (FL. 1752-1803), MARKED, HANAU, CIRCA 1785, STRUCK WITH THE HANAU TOWN MARK FOR 19 CARAT GOLD, CROWNED LETTER K RESEMBLING THE PARISIAN DATE LETTER 1773/1774, A MARK RESEMBLING THE PARISIAN CHARGE MARK FOR 1768-1774 AND THE PARISIAN GUARANTEE MARK FOR SMALL GOLD ITEMS 1817-1819
circular box, the cover, shallow sides and base set with enamelled panels with harbour scenes and foliage painted in purple en camaïeu on an opalescent oyster-pink ground, within translucent blue and green enamel foliate sablé borders with white enamel beading
2 3/8 in. (61 mm.) diam.
Christie's, Geneva, 10 May 1983, lot 49.
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A box by Les Frères Toussaint of conforming shape, with similar marks, colour and decoration is in the Louvre, S. Grandjean, Catalogue des tabatières, boîtes et étuis des XVIIIe et XIXe siècles du musée du Louvre, Paris, 1981, no. 574.
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