10 December 2002
A LOUIS XV LACQUER AND VARI-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX
by Michel de Lassus (fl. 1718/1720-1772), marked, Paris, 1762/1763, with the charge and discharge marks of Jean-Jacques Prevost 1762-1768, later struck with two Parisian post-1838 restricted warranty marks for gold
Oval box, the cover, sides and base of Indian red-lacquer, the cover and base centred by elongated clover-shaped cartouches inlaid with Japanese black, raised gold and silver lacquer panels depicting chicken and trees, within laurel wreathes tied with ribbons chased in two-colour gold, the sides similarly adorned with four oval Japanese lacquer panels similarly framed and linked by laurel festoons, the matted gold mounts boldly chased with fluted wavescrolls, the interior gold-lined
3 3/8 in. (85 mm.) wide
Anonymous sale; Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 11-12 March 1912, lot 75 (5,050 gold francs.)
Anonymous sale; Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 8 December 1975, lot 124 (32,000 French francs).
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