10 December 2002
A LOUIS XVI COMPOSITION BOÎTE-À-MINIATURE
French, circa 1780, the miniature attributed to the Van Blarenberghes
Circular black composition box with slightly raised border, the lid centred by a glazed oval gouache miniature depicting boccia players in a landscape next to a country inn with drinking English soldiers, within a gold mount stamped with pellets on a matted ground flanked by fluted bands
3¼ in. (83 mm.) diam.
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For the topic of boccia players in Van Blarenberghe's oeuvre, see M. Maillet-Chassagne, Une dynastie de peintre lillois, les Van Blarenberghe, Paris, 2001, p. 177.
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