10 December 2002
A LOUIS XV GOLD SEALING-WAX CASE
Paris, 1755/1756, with the charge and discharge marks of Julien Berthe 1750-1756, maker's mark rubbed, later struck with three French post-1893 import marks for gold and two French post-1838 'bigornes'
Slightly tapering étui of oval section, all over engine-turned with spiralling chevrons, wavy reeded slightly raised rims, the slightly domed cap centred by a rosette, the matrix engraved with a coat-of-arms with count's coronet above
4 5/8 in. (117 mm.) high
1½ oz. (45 gr.)
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
The arms may be those of the de Vignolle family in Provence.
The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale totals £128,081,750, with works by Picasso and a record-breaking Franz Marc painting also achieving top prices
Alastair Smart profiles the life and work of the Pre-Raphaelite artist described by Burne-Jones as ‘the best of us all’ — illustrated with works offered in July