22 May 2001
A LOUIS XVI ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH A MINIATURE
by Joseph-Etienne Blerzy (fl. 1768 - after 1806), marked, Paris, 1782/1783, with the first charge and discharge marks of Henry Clavel, struck with inventory number 279, later struck with the Parisian restricted warranty mark for gold 1798-1809 and with two Parisian post-1838 restricted warranty marks for gold
Oval box, the cover, base and four side panels engine-turned with pellets on a reeded ground, within reeded gold and white enamelled borders, the cover centred with an oval miniature under glass painted en grisaille with a ship arriving in a harbour, within a sablé gold border enamelled with translucent green leaves alternating with opalescent white beads, the four side pilasters similarly hung with green enamelled swags and with opalescent pink enamelled beads, the frosted gold borders with translucent green enamelled garlands of leaves interspersed with opalescent pink enamelled beads
3 5/16 in. (84 mm.) wide
With S. Bulgari.
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