22 May 2001
A LOUIS XV-STYLE SILVER-GILT MOUNTED MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND GOLD CAGEWORK SNUFF-BOX
bearing marks resembling a Paris maker's mark, a Paris date-letter 'D', the charge mark of Hubert Louvet and the discharge mark of Antoine Leschaudel
Rectangular cagework box, the mother-of-pearl cover, sides and base applied with a gold cagework stamped and embossed with the chariot of Venus drawn by putti, amorini making music and trophies of music, all surrounded by scrolling and foliate Rocaille, wavy reeded silver-gilt mounts
2 13/16 in. (72 mm.) wide
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Two boxes with identical marks are in the Louvre (see S. Grandjean, Les tabatières du musée du Louvre, Paris, 1981, nos. 559 and 560).
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