11 April 2002
A LOUIS XVI TWO-COLOUR GOLD PIQUÉ AND TORTOISESHELL BONBONNIÈRE SET WITH A MINIATURE
by André-Louis Cassé (fl. 1763-1781), marked, Paris, 1778/1779, with the charge and discharge marks of Jean-Baptiste Fouache 1774-1780, the lining bearing marks resembling the maker's mark of Charles-Alexandre Bouillerot, Paris 1777/1778
Circular black tortoiseshell box, the independent convex cover, sides and convex base inlaid with gold piqué posé stripes with engraved laurel bands at intervals, the gold mounts stamped with a ribbon-twist border, the interior of the cover inset with an oval glazed miniature of a gentleman in silver-bordered maroon jacket, lace cravat, powdered wig en queue, gold-lined interior
2½ in. (65 mm.) diam.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 10 November 1993, lot 83 (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C. R. Dreesmann (inventory no. F-194).
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