11 April 2002
A LOUIS XV GOLD-MOUNTED CHINESE LACQUER BOÎTE-À-MOUCHES
Paris, 1756/1757, maker's mark rubbed, with the charge and discharge marks of Eloy Brichard 1756-1762
Rectangular black patch-box of Chinese gold and black lacquer appled with silver, the cover and sides lacquered in gold and silver with birds and a temple in a landscape, the scalloped gold mounts with applied scrolling gold thumbpiece, the interior with three compartments, the open oblong front compartment containing a small brush with black lacquer handle and gold loop, the two symmetrical rear compartments gold-mounted with hinged lids and gold thumbpieces, painted with a pagoda and birds in gold and silver lacquer on black and fitted to contain the patches and the glue, the inside of the lid inset with a mirror
2 7/16 in. (62 mm.) wide
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Geneva, 12 May 1987, lot 323 (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C. R. Dreesmann (inventory no. F-167).
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