11 April 2002
A SWISS TWO-COLOUR GOLD BOÎTE-À-MINIATURE
probably Geneva, circa 1780/1800, the miniature by Gabriel-Aristide Passot (1797-1875), signed, circa 1860
Circular box, the hinged cover later set with a glazed oval miniature of Empress Eugénie (1826-1920) wearing rich pearl jewellery, framed by 31 simulated circular-cut diamonds within a silver mount, the border of the engine-turned cover and base chased with quatrefoils alternating with lozenges, framed by flutes
2 3/8 in. (60 mm.) diam.
Purportedly given by the sitter to the Baronne de Fehleisen, Hesse.
Willem J. R. Dreesmann (1885-1954) Collection, Amsterdam.
Dr Anton C. R. Dreesmann (inventory no. F-63).
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Gabriel-Aristide Passot became a knight of the Legion of Honour in 1862. He was appointed court miniaturist to Emperor Napoléon III of France.
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