9 December 2008
A LOUIS XVI THREE-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX
BY TOUSSAINT-FRANÇOIS PILLIEUX (FL. 1786-1806), MARKED, PARIS, 1788/1789, WITH THE SECOND CHARGE AND DISCHARGE MARKS OF HENRY CLAVEL 1782-1789
circular box, the independent cover and base engine-turned with concentric reeding and scattered with pellets and flowers, the sides with horizontal reeding and similarly scattered with pellets, the cover centred with a circular medallion chased in three colours of gold with birds near an urn on a sablé ground, foliate borders on cover, sides and base
3 in. (76 mm.) diam.
4¾ oz. (136 gr.)
Sotheby's, Zurich, 16 November 1977, lot 80.
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