9 December 2008
A LOUIS XVI ENAMELLED GOLD BONBONNIÈRE
BY JEAN CHARLES MARIE BOUDOU (FL. 1783-1790), MARKED, PARIS, 1787/1788, WITH THE SECOND CHARGE MARK OF HENRY CLAVEL 1782-1789 AND TWO LATER FRENCH POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARKS FOR GOLD
circular box, the independent cover centred with an oval medallion enamelled with c-scrolls, foliage and birds in gold and colour paillons on a translucent dark blue ground, applied on an engine-turned gold ground engraved with a diaper pattern enclosing pellets on a concentrically reeded ground, the borders of the lid and the sides enamelled in translucent dark blue and applied with cast gold fleurs-de-lys on a zig-zag guilloché ground, the base centred by a circular medallion chased in two-colour gold with a bouquet of flowers tied with ribbon on a frosted ground, on a gold ground engraved with a diaper pattern enclosing pellets on a concentrically reeded engine-turned ground, the frosted border band with trailing foliage chased in two-colour gold
2 1/8 in. (54 mm.) diam.
Christie's, Geneva, 19 November 1997, lot 256.
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