22 May 2001
A LOUIS XVI TWO-COLOUR GOLD SEALING-WAX CASE
by Pierre-François-Mathis de Beaulieu (fl. 1768 - 1791), marked, Paris, 1780/1781, with the first charge and discharge marks of Henry Clavel, struck with inventory number 319, later struck with two Parisian post-1838 restricted warranty marks for gold
Slightly tapering étui-à-cire of oval section, both sides of cover and base with rectangular panels of peaked guilloché, divided by sablé gold bands stamped with foliage, berries and flowerheads, the gold rims stamped with reeding intertwined with a ribbon, the slightly domed cover engine-turned with a matching peaked pattern, the polished matrix engraved with initials 'H[?]M'
4¾ in. (120 mm.) high
1 2/3 oz. (49 gr.)
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For a snuff-box by this famous goldsmith, see lot 78.
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