22 May 2001
A LOUIS XV PARCEL-GILT SILVER SNUFF-BOX
by Louis Désir (fl. 1745-1764), marked, Paris, 1761/1762, with the charge and discharge marks of Eloy Brichard, struck with two French Departmental post-1838 restricted warranty marks for silver
Ingot-shaped box, the cover, sides and base engraved with radiating alternating reeded and foliate stripes centred by scalloped reserves chased with architectural motifs and roses in two-colour gilt on silver sunburst grounds, the gilt borders engraved with wickerwork
3 1/8 in. (80 mm.) wide
3¼ oz. (94 gr.)
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Another parcel-gilt silver snuff-box by Louis Désir, of the same year, is illustrated in the exhibition catalogue Dozen om te niezen, Antwerp, Provinciaal Museum Sterckshof-Zilvercentrum, 1996-1997, no. 138.
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