2 - 3 June 2015
A LOUIS XVI VARI-COLOURED GOLD BONBONNIÈRE SET WITH A PORTRAIT MINIATURE
MAKER'S MARK INDISTINCT, WITH THE CHARGE AND DECHARGE MARKS OF JEAN-FRANÇOIS KALENDRIN 1789-1792, THE MINIATURE SIGNED 'COURTOIS', NICHOLAS ANDRE COURTOIS (1734-1806)
circular box, the sides and base of engine-turned concentric and horizontal reeding stamped at intervals with pellets, the sablé borders chased in two-colour gold with trailing foliage and flower sprigs, the centre of the base engraved with a rosette, the cover set with an enamel portrait miniature, on copper, of a young lady resting on a green cushion, wearing a low-cut lilac corsage with frill-bordered white underslip
2 3/8 in. (62 mm.) wide
Heine Collection, Paris.
From the Collection of John Pierpont Morgan,
Christie's, London, 24-27 June 1935, lot 489.
Christie's, Geneva, 16 May 1995, lot 98.
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George C. Williamson, Catalogue of the Collection of miniatures, The Property of J. Pierpont Morgan, vol. III, London, 1907, p. 152, nr. 524 (the miniaturist erroneously identified as Marie Courtois)
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