2 - 3 June 2015
A LOUIS XVI VARI-COLOURED GOLD SNUFF-BOX
BY ÉTIENNE-MICHEL HALLET (FL. 1762-1791), MARKED, PARIS, 1787/1788, WITH THE SECOND CHARGE AND DECHARGE MARKS OF HENRI CLAVEL 1782-1789, STRUCK WITH A BELGIAN IMPORT MARK FOR SMALL GOLD ITEMS 1831-1868
oval box, the cover, sides and base set with panels of engine-turning stamped with flowerheads on a reeded ground within slightly raised vari-colour gold foliate sablé borders, the side pilasters chased with musical trophies
3½ in. (90 mm.) wide
3½ oz. (112 gr.)
with Herbert Asenbaum, Vienna.
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Étienne-Michel Hallet entered his mark in 1762 when he is listed at Les Gobelins. He succeeded his father who was a jeweller to the King. Between 1781 and his death in 1791, his address is listed at Quai Pelletier.
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