22 May 2001
A LOUIS XVI-STYLE JEWELLED ENAMEL AND TWO-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX
bearing marks resembling a rubbed Paris maker's mark, a Paris date-letter 'P', the charge mark of Jean-Jacques Prevost, struck with two Parisian post-1838 restricted warranty marks for gold
Octagonal box, the cover studded with silver-mounted rose-cut diamonds on a translucent green enamelled wavy guilloché ground and centred by a quadrilobed enamel plaque painted in green sepia with an oval reserve of a lady and Cupid standing at an Altar of Love, surrounded by colourful flowers, the four sides, four corners and base inset with matching enamel plaques painted with putti at various pursuits, the eight sides pilasters chased and engraved as classical columns hung with laurel swags, the upper border of the sides engraved with ovolos on a band of horizontal reeding hung with laurel festoons, the lower border chased with matted gold bands of foliate wavescrolls centred by shells
3 7/16 in. (87 mm.) wide
The celebrated collection of Baron Schröder; Christie's, London, 5-8 July 1910, lot 68 (£105 to Rosenbaum).
With S. Bulgari.
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Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately