21 November 2000
A LOUIS XV ENAMELLED THREE-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX
by Jean-Joseph Barrière (fl. 1763-1793), marked, Paris, 1768/1769, with the charge and discharge marks of Julien Alaterre and inventory number 438, the miniature possibly by Jacques-Philippe Ferrand (1653-1732) circa 1700
Elongated oval box, the cover, side and base panels enamelled to simulate lapis-lazuli within shaped reserves framed by foliate gold reeding, the cover applied with an oval enamel miniature depicting King Louis XIV of France (1638-1715) in armour, wearing a curled full-bottomed wig and the blue sash of the Royal French Order of the Holy Ghost, within a reeded gold frame, surrounded by a laurel wreath surmounted by the head of a putto, the base centred with an oval gold plaque chased with trophies of Love on a frosted ground, the gold borders chased with flowerheads and acanthus scrolls alternating with white enamelled squares, the four side pilasters chased with standing putti carrying a massive laurel swag hung on the faux lapis-lazuli panels
36 in. (91 mm.) wide
With S. Bulgari.
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