22 May 2001
A LOUIS XVI JEWELLED AND ENAMELLED VARI-COLOUR GOLD CARNET-DE-BAL
Paris, 1777/1778, with the charge and discharge marks of Jean-Baptiste Fouache, maker's mark indistinct, later struck with two Parisian post-1838 restricted warranty marks for gold
Slightly tapering rectangular etui-à-tablettes with arched top, of oblong section, decorated overall with vertical gold flutes alternating with translucent green enamelled bands of diagonal engine-turning, within two-colour gold husk and ribbon borders, obverse and reverse of cover applied with silver-mounted rose-cut diamond inscription Souvenir d'amitié on rectangular foiled green glass panels within rose-cut diamond borders, the obverse of the base centred with an oval enamel painted with a veiled Vestal Virgin at her cloudy altar trying to protect herself against Cupid's arrow, within a pierced ruby and rose-cut diamond double border, the reverse with identically framed rose-cut diamond monogram 'BC' on an oval slightly raised translucent green enamelled concentric wavy guilloché panel; rose-cut diamond set pushpiece; three-leaved tablets inside
3½ in. (88 mm.) high
Mr Bernard-Franck (1848-1924), Paris.
Sold by the latter to J. Pierpont Morgan in 1900.
John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York, no. 2571.
Given by the latter to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, inv. P.M. 3726.
Sotheby's, New York, 27 October 1976, lot 533.
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