22 May 2001
A LOUIS XVI ENAMELLED GOLD BONBONNIERE SET WITH AN ENAMEL PLAQUE
by Charles Ouizille (fl. 1771-1830), marked, Paris, 1775/1776, with the charge and discharge marks of Jean-Baptiste Fouache, struck with inventory number 171
Circular box, the independent cover, sides and base enamelled with translucent grey-blue on an engine-turned ground, within reeded gold and opaque white enamel borders, the cover centred with an oval enamel plaque painted with Paris encouraging Cupid to pierce Helen's breast with an arrow, within a reeded gold frame, the sablé gold borders stamped with stylized acanthus
2 15/16 in. (75 mm.) diam.
With S. Bulgari.
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The scene on the miniature is derived from Angelika Kaufmann's painting Paris and Helen directing Cupid to Inflame each other's Hearts with Love exhibited at the R. A. in 1774.
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