A GROUP OF OBJECTS OF VERTU
Comprising a French gold-mounted grey-green laquer carnet-de-bal, the cover inscribed 'SOUVENIR' and 'D'AMITIE', chased gold mounts marked Paris, with the charge and discharge marks of Julien Alaterre, 1768-1774, makers mark and date letter indistinct, containing a four-leaf ivory tablet and gold-capped pencil, polished gold push-piece; together with, three rectangular gold-mounted ivory carnets-de-bal, probably English circa 1770, one set with enamel-bordered oval plaque with gold initial 'S' surmounted with an earl's coronet on obverse, a similarly bordered oval plaque containing plaited hair on reverse, the cover applied with gold plaques inscribed 'Souvenir' and 'Cheri', apparently unmarked chased gold mounts, containing a five-leaf ivory tablet, polished gold push-piece; another, set with pierced gold-bordered oval glazed plaque with gold monogram on reverse, glazed plaque on obverse, the cover applied with pierced gold inscription 'SOUVENIR' and 'D'AMITIE' within pierced reeded gold borders with foliate garlands, apparently unmarked chased gold mounts, containing a three-leaf ivory tablet, polished gold push-piece; another, with polished gold mounts, containing a seven-leaf ivory tablet and pencil, polished gold push-piece; together with, a gold-mounted ivory eye glass, probably English circa 1770/1780, apparently unmarked gold mounts chased with anthemium pattern in green gold, together with, a gold-mounted navette-shaped patch-box or toothpick case, probably English circa 1770/1780, the cover and base set with glazed panels containing hairwork, the apparently unmarked gold mounts chased with palm leaf and vitruvian scroll patterns in green gold, polished gold-lined interior, together with, a gold-mounted hardstone paper knife, probably English, early 18th Century, grey and brown agate handle enclosed within with pierced gold cagework decorated with hunting scene and rocaille, the base with gold rosette, silver-gilt blade
2¾in. (70mm.) to 6 5/8in. (170mm.) (7)
The green-grey lacquer carnet-de-bal: Georgiana Poyntz, Countess Spencer (1737-1814), by whom used in Paris, according to the 7th Earl's inventory.