21 May 1997
A LOUIS XV STYLE ENAMELLED VARI-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX
maker's mark "NCQ", marked with a portcullis imitating the charge of Éloy Brichard and a date-letter crowned "K", one enamel miniature bearing signature "Comiot"
Oval box, the cover, sides and base enamelled in translucent blue on an engine-turned ground, sides and base chased and engraved with floral scrolls and swags in three-colour gold and enamelled en plein with oval cartouches painted with allegories of Love and Abundance Lost, Justice, Fidelity, Beauty and a Warrior's Love, within bands of translucent green enamelled basse-taille leaves, the cover applied with an oval enamel plaque signed "Comiot" painted with Cupid using a garland of roses to chain the feet of bare-breasted Venus and Mars seated on a bed, in a reeded mount within a scrolling frame chased in three-colour gold with a floral swag flanked by two warriors
82 mm. (3¼ in.) wide
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A very similar box is illustrated in Serge Grandjean, Les tabatières du musée du Louvre, Paris, 1981, p. 182, no. 235.
Another box with maker's mark "NCQ" was sold in these rooms, 19 May 1992, lot 37.
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