10 December 2002
A LOUIS XVI-STYLE FOUR-COLOUR GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE AND GOLD SNUFF-BOX
with two indistinct marks, the flange engraved 'RAVIET BIJ... DE MG.. LE C... D'ARTOIS'
Oblong gold box, the cover, sides and base inset with bloodstone panels, the matted gold mounts chased with garlands of leaves, and on the sides furthermore with shells and flowers in four-colour gold, the eight matted gold side dividers similarly chased
3 9/16 in. (90 mm.) wide
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Charles-Philippe of Bourbon (1757-1836), youngest brother of Kings Louis XVI and Louis XVIII of France, was first called comte d'Artois, and after 1815 'Monsieur' until his accession in 1824 as King Charles X. In 1830, he was obliged to abdicate.
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