27 November 2007
A LOUIS XVI TWO-COLOUR GOLD BOÎTE-À-MINIATURE
BY NICOLAS MARGUERIT (FL. 1763-1790), MARKED, PARIS, WITH THE SECOND CHARGE AND DISCHARGE MARKS OF HENRY CLAVEL 1782-89, THE MINIATURE BY JEAN PETITOT (SWISS, 1607-1691)
circular box, the lid set with an oval enamel miniature of King Louis XIV (1638-1715) under glass, the cover and base engine-turned with concentric reeding scattered with pellets, the sides with similarly scatterd horizontal reeding, the sablé borders chased with a laurel and berry border
2¾ in. (70 mm.) diam.
The interior of the lid is engraved,'Louis 14th A Legacy left by Simon Earl Harcourt Master of the Horse To the Queen, delivered to her by His Brother William now Earl Harcourt on the 30th of April 1809.'
The Harcourt Collection; Sotheby's, London, 10 June 1993, lot 147.
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